I was up on the Moor over the weekend helping look after 9 teams of 10 Tors participants from the National Trust Wild Tribe and Torquay Boys Grammar School. Saturday saw some of the worst and most challenging conditions I have witnessed on Dartmoor – persistent driving rain, a strong wind and very poor visibility. As a result – very few photographs …..
This is the Trig Point – on Ryders Hill – the highest point on the south moor – it was bleak and unpleasant on Saturday – Pete and I were on our way to Red Lake tip to check point 7 teams through
This is a photo of Red Lake tip taken in 2015 (it is the conical man made peak in the middle ground) – on Saturday we could only see it when we were 200m from it – a day of navigation by compass – which Pete did very expertly all day.
Here are a couple of our groups at Red Lake ……
We eventually saw all seven groups through by 5pm and then started on our 90 minute walk back to our O Brook campsite – all the teams were in camp by 7pm
This is the O Brook on a sunny day!
Sunday we were check pointing at various places – including Norsworthy Bridge – a much better day but still misty in places and very windy
This is Sharpitor where we ended our walks
Very challenging conditions – well done to all the young people who took part over the weekend – if you can walk and navigate in those conditions you have cracked it!
Dartmoor was character building over the weekend and undoubtedly the moor build some new characters.
We slotted in an additional 10 Tors training day yesterday – I was on the south moor with Pete Davies our Area Ranger in the Plym Valley. It was a classic day of check pointing.
Blue skies at Postbridge first thing in the morning.
My first check point however was at Great Trowlesworthy Tor – here the Wild Tribe 55 milers are leaving to start on their ascent up to Shell Top (top right on the skyline) – both these Tors are on National Trust land
Then around to Shipley Bridge – here is the Avon making its way south
I was meeting a couple of teams at Petrie’s Pit – here I am on West White Barrow (Petrie’s Cross in the foreground) and Red Lake in the middle distance. I could see Pete Davies on top of Red Lake – it was as close as we got to each other yesterday!
This is Petrie’s Pit – rather unassuming – both my teams missed it and had to be found and then re-directed back onto course! Everyone was back at the minibus at Venford Reservoir by 6.20 – a long day but some good miles put into everyone’s legs (including mine)!