Author: Murray Oates

  • Crane Lake

    Crane Lake

    It was a larger than expected group. A perfect day but chilly to start. After briefly outlining the purpose of my walk we set off to Nun’s Cross Farm, here we admired the old stone cross (sited on a boundary and reave). Paul had a photo showing the inscriptions, only visible when the sun is…

  • West Okement Walk

    West Okement Walk

    Leader M. Oates The weather was OK but the NW wind was strong and cold and the grey cloud at times brought some light rain. Our small group, now having gathered at Meldon car park, I was keen to get going so we set off, up the steep incline of Longstone Hill to head to…

  • Tinners on Dartmoor

    Above are photos show examples of: various tinners’ remains, including “streamworks”, “openworks”, “lodeback workings”. Associated with streamworks are buildings called “tinners’ huts” (also called “lodges”). To crush the ore “stamps” were used. The stamps smashed the tin ore on “mortar” stones, creating a fine ore powder. This was processed, in “buddles”, to separate off the…

  • Upper Plym Mills

    Upper Plym Mills

    Leader: D. Eeles A cheerful group, including two new members from the USA, gathered at the designated car park on what turned out to be a surprisingly hot day. David Eeles welcomed us and after a wait the walk began taking us via the outer enclosure of Whittenknowles settlement, a vantage point giving an impressive…

  • Caroline Wheal Prosper

    Leader: S. Holley In ideal weather, warm air from the south, a dozen DTRG members gathered at the meeting place on time and having perused Stephen’s informative notes (illustrated with Phil Newman’s survey drawings) we set off down a tree-lined track to the Dean Burn. We crossed it via a clapper bridge consisting of two…