From Postbridge to Fernworthy

Was out on the moor yesterday helping with the National Trust’s Wild Tribe 10 Tors teams. As ever we were out with the great crew from Torquay Boys Grammar School. We walked from Postbridge up the East Dart and onto Grey Wethers, from there up to Watern Tor and returned to Fernworthy reservoir via Scorhill and Yes Tor.

For an unknown reason the trace conked out near to Kes Tor …

It was a misty day

The beehive

Grey Wethers – the double stone circles in the gloom

Looking from Fernworthy Forest up towards Watern

The clapper bridge at Teign Head farm – my mate Dave Rickwood contemplating

The first bit of Watern Tor

Looking east through the Thirlestone

Saw a red grouse on the approach to Watern Tor and saw a merlin on the way to Scorhill.

And then my phone battery conked out …..

Really good 11.5. mile walk – well done to all the teams and adult helpers


The Winter Solstice and Dartmoor

Solstice is the time when the sun is at the greatest distance from the celestial equator – during the summer soltice the sun reaches its northern most point (around the 21st June) and the winter soltice is when the sun reaches its southern most point (22nd December).

The word is derived from the Latin – sol = sun and sistere = to make stand (i.e. the sun stops ‘moving’ north or south).

So today is the shortest day and the longest night – after this we head towards spring!

When we get to the solstice, either the summer or the winter one, we tend to see pictures of people at Stonehenge. We shouldn’t forget though that Dartmoor has a rich Bronze Age landscape and it is likely that many of the features there are connected to the solstice as well.

Grey wethers
Grey Wethers – double stone circle near Fernworthy Forest

Merrivale1The Merrivale Stone Row next to the road between Princetown and Tavistock