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Dartmoor walk and fungi

Post by adampembs » Fri Sep 25, 2020 6:37 pm

My photography will never match Mike's but hopefully you can get an idea of what this walk is like, done in early September.
The walk starts at a car park by Bennett's Cross, a medieval stone cross. Grid ref. SX679815 and then proceeds slightly downhill past some old rectangular stone plots to some disused 18th-early 20th century tin mines. The flora here is quite diverse with growth of rowan, hawthorne and other shrubs rather than bare grass or heather as you often see. There are stream and ponds, with damselflies and butterflies.
Eventually you reach a farm that is dedicated to sustainable methods. The meat is all grass- reared and it is low intensity grazing to allow natural regeneration. There is a ruined medival hamlet at the farm. Not much to see there. Then head up to the impressive bronze age settlement of Grimspound with the remains of 24 stone huts and a perimeter wall with gateway in really good shape. The best idea of the scale of it is from above. From there we walked up to the top of Hookney Tor and then back to the car park.
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Highland cows refusing to move
Highland cows refusing to move
Bennett''s Cross
Bennett''s Cross
Route to Grimspound past old tin mines and ponds
Route to Grimspound past old tin mines and ponds
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Agaricus arvensis (lots of them)
Agaricus arvensis (lots of them)
Macrolepiota procera
Macrolepiota procera
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Challacombe Farm and medieval hamlet
Challacombe Farm and medieval hamlet
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One of the bronze age huts. They must have been small people.
One of the bronze age huts. They must have been small people.
Grimspound from above
Grimspound from above
Top of Hookney Tor
Top of Hookney Tor
Looking down on Grimspound from Hookney Tor
Looking down on Grimspound from Hookney Tor
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Re: Dartmoor walk and fungi

Post by Lancashire Lad » Sat Sep 26, 2020 10:48 am

Nice one Adam. :)

Dartmoor is an area that I've never personally visited. - Good to see some fungi too!

On my recent Lake District walk over Selside Pike etc., the fells seemed quite bare of fungi for the time of year. I saw just a few tiny Galerina's

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Re: Dartmoor walk and fungi

Post by adampembs » Sat Sep 26, 2020 12:46 pm

I saw some LBJs too, but had to stop somewhere :D - no waxcaps at all ,but it was a bit early for them.
Some lovely woodlands in Dartmoor too. We stumbled on a Woodland Trust one by accident and it was lovely. I'm thinking of joining for a year mainly to get their list of woods!
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