08/04/2016 by Carl Reynolds
Evocative names abound around here. Turning left at Bovey Tracey, we go up the hill toward Trendlebere Down. Park above Lustleigh Cleave woods and thank ourselves for packing warm layers. A few hundred feet above sea level and before 9 in the morning it’s still cold. Northern cold. Nice to be wrapped up though. And we’re off, an exploratory ramble with ancient places, spooky woods, running water and high tors. 10k in 3hr 45m.
Here’s how we did it using OS map OL28 Dartmoor as reference
Park at 784794. Take path/track down hill 15m to east side of car park. Continue to ancient bridge at 779800, cross it and go left up hill towards Haley Wood. Continue up all the way to Hut Circles at 773813. Follow path around Sharpitor (NE, then W) or find track and walk over E side of summit taking in the Nut Crackers.
Follow boundary, going NW, across open access land towards Harton Chest at 767817. Easy access to top of outermost boulder for view up and down the valley.
Continue on path into open ground and make way to Fort and Hunter’s Tor for another great view, at 761825.
Then down path to Peck Farm (gets really muddy by farm) and take left onto bridleway just after pond. This is an old green lane, taking you down S to Foxworthy at 758822. Take bridleway S and into woods. Gentle slope up through Lustleigh Cleave back up to just south go aforementioned hut circle.
Take path down hill to FB over River Bovey at 768811. Old footbridge still standing, but not in use. Take left over bridge and follow path along river – several dipping, but not swimming places abound – to south end of Houndtor Ridge and over FB to take left down Dartmoor Way (777803) and back up to car park (just over 1km).
We then ate at The Rock Inn, Haytor Vale. Left after a main meal due to a loud bar bore. Otherwise food and setting lovely.