On the road again and heading for Great Staple Tor, not too far outside Princetown on the B3357. On arrival, climbed the gentle slopes to just below the Granite Outcrop on the top of the Tor and set up camp. Beautiful views and again the silence…wonderful.
In the morning, after a wonderful nights sleep, Oz and myself set out to climb to the top of Great Staple Tor and Middle Staple Tor. The huge boulders stacked on top of each other as if the giants were here at some time playing games or creating stone art for future generations to be in awe of. The huge rock protrusions pushed upwards whilst around the base were much smaller ones, clitter, streaming down the hillside towards the valley below. Oz wanting a photo of himself on top of these great “stacks” to prove he did indeed climb them, and I obliged.
From this vantage point to the north was Kings Tor, the TV mast and to the north west Great Mis Tor. In the valley below us were the stacks of Vixen Tor. There were plenty of sheep, no ponies and I felt a lack of birds. I think in the summer months the birds go to the valleys where there is plenty of food, water and shelter.
On our last night we camped on the banks of the Cherry Brook River. This river flows into the larger Dart River. This is a salmon spawning river and must be exciting to witness this phenomenon in nature. The boys played in the river and really enjoyed themselves. We were relaxing now taking stock of the wonderful things we had done over the last couple of days and the experiences that will stay on our minds forever.
My special thanks to my Nephew Paul for organizing this trip and to his two boys, Oz and Stan for their company and for being the very best Sherpas in the Moors.
The next time you wonder around Nelsons Pillar in Trafalgar Square in London, the granite for the base of the statue was taken from the land in Dartmoor and hand cut by local workers. They also hand cut bricks of cobble stone, that were used on the streets in London and building blocks that were used in many a house construction throughout the land.