/ Bolted routes near Dewerstone?
If you head in the other direction (Cornwall) there are some bolted routes at Cheesewring Quarry.
Note that theres not much easy sport at any of these venues, one 5+ and few 6a's at Ansteys, likewise a few 6a+ at Cheesewring, most of the routes are in the 7's.
Or you could try Sheepstor. Short trad routes, nice spread of grades up to VS/HVS and a good pub nearby. Forecast is OK for Saturday.
If you lot are anything like us, one persons trad rack can happily be split into two perfectly adequate racks. Where nicer to get the experience ?
I would suggest the Dewerstone is one of the best crags in the UK for learning trad, the rock is great the setting is magical and many of the routes, even the easy ones, are great offering multipitch fun on lovely granite.
That or go clip bolts in a quarry???
I would suggest the Dewerstone is one of the best crags in the UK for learning trad, the rock is great the setting is magical and the squirrels are evil.
Fixed that for you.
> I would suggest the Dewerstone is one of the best crags in the UK for learning trad, the rock is great the setting is magical and the squirrels are evil.
> Fixed that for you.
Much better, they are a seperate breed there!
Watch out for the wildlife, they will be in your bag the second you step off the ground. Don't bother with Torbryan, its rubbish compared to Dewerstone imo. Might see you there Sunday
Some great walking to be had around Princetown and Merrivale, but perhaps some bouldering at Combeshead Tor, near Burrator. A bit of a walk but great rocks and a great setting.
If it's dry...
Langstone is a very nice spot (I live a few miles away). If the weather is crap a walk from there directly onto the moor is easy, you could go up to Pew Tor (a few good boulder problems if dry), across to Vixen Tor (off limits so you'll have to make do looking over the wall) up to Staple Tor, Great Mis Tor or Princetown from there. The Dartmoor Inn at Merrivale is good for a mid walk pint. Good walking around Burrator Reservoir as well.
Some very good bouldering around Burrator such as Cuckoo Rock/Comeshead and Lakeside (Lakeside will likely be wet as its under tree cover, the others dry fairly quick but seepage can be a problem). Easy trad at Dewerstone and Sheeps Tor and some classic routes. Sheeps Tor is quicker drying but higher up so can be windy and in the cloud when the weather's rubbish. Also Bench Tor towards Hexworthy, and more bouldering and routes towards Widecombe and Hay Tor (i.e. Hay Tor, Hound Tor, Bonehill, etc).
Good pubs - Peter Tavy Inn, Elephants Nest at Horndon, Plume of Feathers at Princetown, Royal Oak at Meavy, Rugglestone Inn at Widecombe. Tavistock is a nice market town for lunch or a wander round if the weather is really crap.
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