Before the return of hot and sweaty running temperatures it was time for a blast round the 'north moor' which has a bit of a reputation down here as being a bit roughty toughty and not to be messed with. Bless.
After a bit of planning to make the most of as many lumps as we could, Spook and I set off from Row Tor, down to Cullever Steps and followed Irishman's Wall up and over Belstone Tor. Splashing through the ford we found the track which picks its way up to Cosdon and from there on one of the best tracks Dartmoor has to offer to Hangingstone Hill. Judging by the lack of bootprints in the snow or frost I was the the first here for the best part of a week.
Lots of wilderness here (its between the observation shelter and the flagpole)
Off down the track and splashing through the infant River Taw we climbed to OP15 (the observation posts are numbered) and down Sammy Arnold's Lane to Dinger Plain. The last climb of the run from here was up to High Willhays and after a brief visit to Yes Tor it was time for the swoopy loopy run up and over West Mil and Row Tors and back to the car.
13 miles in about 3 hours.