A 3-day trek around the south-eastern part of Dartmoor, taking in several tors and fragments of the Two Moors Way (TMW) and Abbot’s Way (AW). The outward arc is via Great Mis Tor across the Merrivale heartland to Higher White Tor and Bellever Tor, crossing the West Dart Valley to Ryder’s Hill. The TMW heads west along the wild Avon Valley for an out-and-back along the south moor to Sharp Tor, and the AW makes a fine walk along the remote Erme valley to pick up an easy return by a traverse of South Hessary Tor.
A high pressure area established itself over southern Britain and signalled a fine weather slot for my second backpack on Dartmoor, but this time the views were very thick and hazy despite the fresh chilly wind on the high moor, the photos needing much processing to bring out the desaturated colour and detail captured in the raw images. This would be a trip to appreciate the local detail and wild atmosphere of the moor rather than the broad vistas.