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Roadworks at Handy Cross 17-18 March

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Mac Gulliver describes the Spring Break in Haytor Dartmoor

On Monday afternoon fifteen of the party set off from the house for a three mile walk led by Roy. The route took us up to the old granite quarry and down to look at machinery by the lake at the bottom. Then out by the old granite tramway which we followed for a way then up to Great Tor where it brightened up for a bit but not enough to see the view. It still rained a bit at times and there was a lot of water under foot but it was good to get out after the journey. On Tuesday morning we went Holne Church looking for traces of June’s ancestors. In the afternoon I followed the tramway from the Manaton road to where it disappeared behind Haytor. Much better views than the day before.

On Thursday Gerald led the shorter walk from Merrivale on another dull but dry day. A party of fifteen set off along the road and made our way across the moor towards Vixen Tor then to Sampford Spiney church for the mid morning break. The route continued on roads down to cross the River Walkham at the Ward Bridge with a long drag up the other side on to the moor for the lunch stop. After lunch we left a track at a waymark. The path led straight into a small pond and then a bog. Gerald found that the way ahead was impassible so led us up to an old railway line that was much easier going. We then climbed up to another line to see some granite gorbals that were carved for the old London Bridge. We passed more quarries then followed a line to Princetown for a welcome cup of tea in the Old Police Station Cafe. Statistics from Google Earth showed a total length of 12.4K with 317m of ascent.

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