Postbridge - Cut Hill
But for a lost hat and getting back in time to see the 6 nations' games, today's hike would've been to Fur Tor and possibly had a different return route. Anyhow, it all worked out nicely and was a great little escape from pavements and pedestrians.
I started in Postbridge car park and followed the East Dart river. Although the cold had provided a frosty crust to the often boggy ground, it wasn't long before I went in up to the knee and felt icy water seeping into my boot. Luckily I was soon distracted by the simple pleasure of isolation that walking on Dartmoor always seems to bring me, and made my way up to what is probably one of the smallest waterfalls in the UK. I think it would be a lovely place in the summer, great to sit on the rocks and enjoy the water swirling past.
From there I moved up the Dart, through Sandy Hole Pass, over Broad Marsh Brook and Cut Hill Stream, and followed the line of military posts to Cut Hill Peat Pass and the top of Cut Hill. I stopped for a Cadbury's caramel to take in Fur Tor, which really did look splendid today. Although there was a lot of cloud, visibility was good. Fur Tor is one of my favourites and it was a pity not to go all the way, though she'll keep.
The return route was pretty much the same, as I wanted to try and find the hat which had fallen out a rucksack side pocket. Fortunately the moor gods were smiling on me and the cap was there waiting. This put an extra bounce in my stride as I enjoyed the final leg home.
Thanks for looking.
I've never walked on Dartmoor but it does look appealing. A nice walk.
Good you got your cap back too
Looks like one of the peat pass marker stones in your photo, Kiers, does it still have one of these metal plates attached?
kiers wrote (see)
Yes, it had the info about Phillpotts on it. You're right about it being easier in the winter when things are frozen. You can walk in a much straighter line.
Nice to see the recent photos, It looks like its been much warmer there than the recent -10 temps here in the southeast.
I'm going to Dartmoor on Friday, Just for one night. I'm getting the train. Staines to Reading to Exeter. Return £40. Booked well in advance. Bus from Exteter to okehampton.
Fur tor is definitely one of the best on Dartbog. Probably one of the most remote ones and best to go in winter when it is frozen! I did a remarkably similar walk last year, except I started from one of the lay-bys before Postbridge and the up to Longaford Tor, Higher White Tor, Lower White Tor, Cut Hill and Fur Tor. Return south via Rough Tor, Devil's Tor and then back to Longaford. '
Thanks kiers for reminding me to get back out there soon! Just wish we would have gotten snow like the past two years. Feel really cheated this year... but it is not too late yet! Fingers crossed.
nice made me wanna get out...
im off up My local hill tonight to get away for a night,oh and is that my picture they are using
Hi Nick P. Yes, I know the route you are talking about, it's a nice one. I also go from Two Bridges to Fur Tor on the east side of the West Dart, taking in the Tors you mention and also Brown's House, then back down the west side taking in Rough Tor, Beardown Tor and finishing by going past Bear Down Farm and back to the quarry car park.Last time I was at Rough Tor I snapped this pic of Captain Mannering in the hut. I assume he was asleep, and hadn't been despatched by enemy.
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