My Biggest Dartmoor Challenge EVER..... Blog 2

January 12, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

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So…… the planning begins.

With all good plans you need a purpose, a target, an outcome and at least one benefit.

The purpose

To help raise £50,000 for the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Tavistock to purchase a replacement operations vehicle.

The challenge

Visit all the marked tors and some “rocks” (total 170) on the Ordinance Survey map OS28, that’s walking 400km!

The target

Raise £20,000 to help fund the new operations vehicle. A huge target, this is a huge walk and needs a big target!

The Outcome

That’s easy, to complete the walk and raise £20,000

The benefit

Keeping the search and rescue team operational to continue saving lives and help people on and off the moor.


I think you’ll agree a worthy cause to undertake my biggest challenge.

Now it may appear straight forward just marking up the tors but after several hours looking at every square on both sides of the map I was finding them all over the place! The worst part, I needed to keep repeating the process in case I missed any. This wasn’t going to be a couple of hours.

The more well-known tors were easy to find and soon I was up to 120 plus tors identified, but they kept popping up and with a little help from the good folk on the Dartmoor 365 Facebook group I kept finding more. Oh dear, they are mounting up!

OK I think I have them all, 164 tagged, crikey, a few more than I had anticipated. Now how on earth do I get the most effective and manageable route to link them up?

What was immediately clear is there are rocks and tors and some with tor in the name but referred to as rocks. So, what do I include? Well, a little bit of walking licence here, the more well-known like Haytor rocks and Helltor rocks will be visited but others will not. But rest assured everyone that is a named tor like Fox Tor will be visited.

Now to link them up.

This is going to take some time. It’s clear this will not be done solely on the moors alone as the tors are positioned on all extremes of the map. It will cover roads, lanes, tracks and open moor to reach all of these.

I’m going to need a really big incentive to keep me focused for a years’ worth of planning and be sure I get myself in top hiking condition in preparation for this.

I know, I’ll tell everyone what I’m planning to do, start communicating that I’m raising funds for charity and then I can’t back out! Hmm… that’ll work won’t it?

I pondered for weeks on a route and finally I have one, I better not find any more tors!

Rather than a circular there appears no option but to zig zag up the East side of Dartmoor and down the West side, no particular reason for East first other than the furthest outlying point is Heltor rocks and to get it out of the way as soon as possible. You’ll understand when I talk about that later!

I hope my body and boots are strong enough to tackle this.

Next time – It’s not just all about the walking!



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