Thursday, 29 July 2010
Much ado at Ditsworthy
A good morning to put in a few more bf/KSO miles and a good excuse to get out to Ditsworthy Warren House to check out the rumours of filming and set building. Parking at the Scout Hut it was on with the monkeys for a quick pad up to the old tin mine at Eylesbarrow then down to Plym Ford to give Spook a drink. from here through Evil Combe and contouring to Lower Hartor and a sprint up to Higher Hartor.
I was debating whether to go bf for the blast down to Drizzlecombe but my feet had already made their mind up so I went along for the ride. The grip on these things are superb (compared to aquashoes) and encourage a bit of haste. The grass was wet and greasy but I made it down to the stone row in one piece.
Theories abound as to the whys and wherefores of standing stones and stone rows and the enigmatic Chinese(?) characters etched into the face of Drizzlecombe C. Their significance and use probably changed over the centuries but the Drizzlecombe stones are still impressive bits of kit. Phallic symbol? Na, surely not..........
From here it's a quick pad to Ditsworthy Warren House. Sounds of hammering, sawing and swearing proved to be from a load of chippies busy building stuff in the house enclosure. Chatting to one it turns out they were building a barn for filming in 6 weeks. There have been auditions in Princetown for the film, imaginatively entitled 'Dartmoor'. To the point, I suppose. I padded along the newly surfaced track (take note DNPA ref. the ring road closure) past a stand of portaloos and 4X4s.