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#1 Postby Sailor Ashore » Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:34 am

Hi all , Hoping to head out towards Fur Tor this weekend . The last time I went out there I parked at Bagga Tor and was wondering if any boxers park elsewhere . I'm always looking for the easier route
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#2 Postby Sowerby Streaker » Wed Jun 25, 2014 9:16 am

Hi Mark - that is the quickest route but not the easiest. Some tend to park at Postbridge and go up drift Lane, Broadun, Sandy Hole Pass, Cut Hill then over the top to Fur tor. Trying to get up broadun though is a killer but after that it is fairly easy walking especially now we have had a dry spell. Good luck, let us know how you got on.

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#3 Postby Sailor Ashore » Wed Jun 25, 2014 6:27 pm

Did think of going from post bridge this time but decided that cut hill would become a big distraction :lol: will let you know how i get on..

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#4 Postby Parkhill Plodders » Fri Jun 27, 2014 9:29 pm

I'm heading that way next Sunday. Parking below lynch tor. Doing a nice circular walk and will be siting letter boxes along the way. Hope you have a good walk with plenty of finds

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#5 Postby brockie » Wed Aug 27, 2014 6:12 pm

Has anyone visited the Fur Tor box recently? Wasn't there on Saturday :( I thought one of the Dartmoor Rangers used to maintain it but that was a few years ago.

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#6 Postby smartieb » Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:24 pm

just got back from here today - parking at postbridge and upto flat tor, cut hill and onto fur tor returning round the back of cut hill and back down following the river through broad down?
Apart from the 1.5hrs of rain great day - bit longer than the bagga tor route I think but well worth it. Few old boxes still out there bit also a few 'rotten' ammo boxes that obviously held stamps in the past.
Couldn't find the the fur tor box either but if any one can pm and co ord will have to have another go next year. Only small disappointment of the day not finding this box
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#7 Postby Duckpool » Tue Sep 09, 2014 3:54 pm

Rather late in the day but....the Dartmoor glossy magazine recently suggested a route to Fir Tor starting at Willsworthy ranges CP (SX518835). over Hare Tor to Dead Lake Foot, then on to Sandy Ford then to Fur Tor. I've done a variant on this starting at Lane end CP then up and over behind Ger Tor to Dead lake foot and then as the other. This though has the disadvantage of a strenuous climb at the beginning and worse, the same climb in reverse on the way back!

Has anyone any experience of getting there by heading North from Holming Beam which, once you've got up high looks as if it may be feasible (give or take the odd quagmire, peat hag etc.)?

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#8 Postby Duckpool » Tue Sep 09, 2014 3:58 pm

I forgot to mention, when planning routes I have found an invaluable source of advice at www.richkni.co.uk which has dozens of routes fully documented with photographs, map references etc. Highly recommended as are some of his links.

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#9 Postby foxy » Wed Sep 10, 2014 7:08 am

Hi Duckpool. I've run to Fur Tor from Holming Beam a couple of times. Why I did it again, I've no idea as it was a leg-sapping tussocky nightmare the first time too.....

Could be easier walking, though. Fantastic atmosphere.

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#10 Postby Sowerby Streaker » Wed Sep 10, 2014 7:29 am

Another 'easy route' is going in from Highdown behind the Dartmoor inn. over the Lyd, Doe tor, Hare tor, Watern Oak and then up to Fur tor. I watched a video on You Tube a while back from Tony Hobbs. He uses that route all the time when he camps overnight. Check his videos out.

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#11 Postby Duckpool » Wed Sep 10, 2014 5:34 pm

Thanks for the advice - I'll give both of these routes a go - but not running!

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#12 Postby Sailor Ashore » Sun Sep 14, 2014 6:49 pm

Went over to Fur Tor again today with the Dogs and still couldn't find the Stamp . Does any one know if the stamp as been found recently or am I just being rubbish with the compass . I also came back to Lanes End following the range marker poles and must say found the return route quite easy as there is a sort of track between the poles caused by the vehicles maintaining them.

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#13 Postby Duckpool » Wed Oct 15, 2014 11:20 am

I tried the route up from Holming Beam a couple of weeks ago but found it hard going. My main difficulty was that you come out onto a large soggy watershed where a dozen or more rivers rise - the trick is to find the ridge between river heads that is going the way you want to go, unfortunately it all looks the same so finding direction is hard. On the way out I failed miserably and went way off track a couple of times despite the compass. The tussocks Foxy refers to didn't help either. Coming back was a lot easier as you have the Pricetown mast as a guide and I was back in half the time. An interesting experience with (it seemed) less climbing and I think would be easier with familiarity but I still prefer the Lane End route!


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