M4, N4 & N5 - Fantastic day with @dartmoor365 We shared a #navigationskills
walk together followed by the annual D365 #creamtea
at @two_bridges_hotel organised by Anthony Francis-Jones with guest speaker again Rob Hayward, and offering merchandise delights Penny Samuels.
On our walk together, we explored Windy Post Cross (an important waypoint on the Jobbers Road as well as the Trans-Dartmoor Track); one of several Bullseye stones (a simple water flow control mechanism) on the Grimstone and Sortridge Leat; the Wheelwright’s Stone next to the ruined smithy; Pew Tor (where the King of the Piskies lives according to William Crossing’s ‘Tales of the Dartmoor Piskies’, and the group sat for lunch in the giant ‘Druidic’ chair so named by Edmund Bray.) We saw #vixentor
from afar (and heard the legend of Vixana the witch); learnt that ‘Heckwood’ tor could refer to an old oak forest; and Tony spotted the rare #devilsfingersfungus
- very exciting!
One of our group spotted a foal with barbed wire around its body so a quick text and call into Karla Mckechnie
Dartmoor’s Livestock Protection Officer has ensured it being looked after by the farmer. A reminder to everyone that the number to save in your phones is 07873 587561.
12 people booked on to the walk this morning and between you raised £125 for Dartmoor Rescue Group - thank you so much!
And thank you to Paul Glanville #dartmoorranger
for offering his support as well - brilliant to have him along.
Thank you all for joining me. I hope you enjoyed it and have more confidence to walk #offthebeatentrack
! And brilliant to meet so many of you at the Cream Tea. Looking forward to our crossing paths on the moor again soon🏞👣🌿🐴#dartmoor
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