Went on a brilliant Dartmoor walk yesterday. Started at the end of Fernworthy reservoir and walked up through the Forest to the moor.
From Sittaford Tor we headed up to Quintin’s Man – an old cairn. It’s an odd name and the Legendary Dartmoor website suggests what it means – see here. There are several sites on Dartmoor named Man e.g. Beardown Man but all of these possess / consist of a large standing stone. At Quintin’s Man there is no standing stone and no evidence to suggest there was once one there. So a mystery …. Man probable is a corruption of Maen which is an old word for Stone. Quintin may be derived from the French word quintain meaning a post.
From the ridge below Watern Tor you can look back to Grey Wethers which consists of two adjacent large stone circles. In this picture you can see some of the individual stone along with a group of walkers visiting them.
Here is a map showing the route – it was around 9 miles long. It is a pretty straightforwards walk – take a map and compass and navigate using the stone walls. Surprisingly there were very few people on the high moor – we saw six people walking to Sittaford Tor and the distant group at Grey Wethers – apart from that – no one!