Monday, 27 September 2010

Four More in the Bag

Really beautiful midday on the moors started off cool, until the clouds rolled back and it really started to heat up.  Probably not a day to sit around as still a cold wind, but an ideal day for a run.  Started from Hay Tor car park then down to Bag Tor(148), always feel like a good runner on this stretch but it doesn't last long as soon after Bag Tor you cross the ford and start the 120m climb to Rippon Tor(62).  After the first section of the climb, there is a short respite after the gate, as you follow the wall before the final ascent.  Great views from Rippon Tor in every direction, making it a firm favourite.  Leaving the Trig point I retraced my steps before finding the path over to Saddle Tor(158).  Saddle Tor lives in the shadow of Haytor rocks, and so is much quiter but still has a large chunk of rock at its summit.  Onwards now to Holwell Tor(109) my final Tor of the day, great views from here over to Greator Rocks and Hound Tor.  Looking forward to racing in this area next weekend for the Devon Orienteering Club Long-O .  Finally I turned for the run between Haytor Rocks and down to the Car Park.  7.1km in 55mins.  

Monday, 20 September 2010

Huccaby, Laughter and Bellever Tor

Nice run on a cool Autumn like morning, started off feeling a little stiff from the two orienteering at the weekend but soon got into the running.  Only a short hop to Huccaby Tor(145) on a well worn track.  Then continued on the track to Laughter Tor(96) which gives good views to Coombestone Tor, Ter Hill and Ryder's Hill to the south and down into Bellever Plantation to the north.  Avoiding the cows I regained the path and ran on to the trig point on Bellever Tor(79).  Again good views, now the Tors of Littaford, Longaford and Higher White to the west visable.  Now it was time to turn and retrace my route to the car.