Thankfully, the eyesore that is the TV mast, was shrouded in a cloud, so we headed over North Hessary Tor and onto Great Mis Tor.
By now, the mist was clearing, and we even caught a glimpse of the sun and the odd rainbow brightening up the Walkham valley.
Up onto White Barrow, my companions didn’t give it a second look, I’m not sure they noticed it!
Limsboro Cairn is much more impressive, and we stopped for a break amongst some Dartmoor ponies.
A long slog through long grass to Sandy Ford. From there we made our way alongside the Tavy to Rattlebrook Foot. We met a guy on the way who mentioned that on the longest day, some people do the whole perambulation in one day; rather than be impressed, we just asked “Why?” It's far too good a walk to spoil rushing through!
Followed the Rattlebrook up past Bleak House and the peat works. Once again, obvious bemusement when I stopped in the middle of nowhere and confirmed we were at another boundary point, Rattlebrook Head.
Reached Steng-a-Tor, and the mood changed again when my friends saw the climb down into the West Okement Valley. Jude was particularly good at finding knee deep holes amongst the clitter, I just kept telling her to be really careful but it didn't seem to do the trick. Paul admitted later, he was ready to beat me to death with my walking poles!
After Yes Tor was ticked off, it felt like the home straight into Belstone, and we plodded on, via Cullever Steps, for a welcome beer in the Tors Pub, arriving about 8.15pm.
- Date: 12/08/07
- Region: Dartmoor
- Status: Lead
- Description: 1240 Boundary Charity Walk: Princetown - Great Mis Tor - Rattlebrook - Yes Tor - Belstone. Overcast, Good visibility in the afternoon; 30km, 12 hours. Overnight at the Tors Pub.
- Type of Walk: Leading or Assisting