Skaigh valley Dartmoor photo

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Herb Piper 01392 811365 (herbpiper@hotmail.com) Mobile - 07773552906

The Whitestone Walkers held its first walk in March 2007 and was attended by four people. This group has now expanded to over thirty. We are not a club; we do not have membership fees, committees, insurance etc., therefore each walker is responsible for his or her own safety. To comply with current legislation concerning Coronavirus, all persons attending one of our organised walks must supply the walk leader with full name & address plus contact details in order that a register can be kept. Being a resident in the parish is not necessary; anyone is welcome to join us. We normally meet at 9.30 a.m. on the first Sunday of each month at the village hall car park and share transport where possible.  We walk in all weather and dogs and children are welcome on any walk. 
Details of the proposed walks will be published on this website two to three weeks in advance.


Whitestone Walkers Programme for 2021

3rd January 2021 Herb Piper Circular Walk from Whitestone heading south
2nd May 2021 Herb Piper Circular Walk starting at Stoke Canon
6th June 2021 Herb Piper Circular Walk starting at Okehampton Station
4th July 2021 Herb Piper Cancelled
1st August 2021 Herb Piper Circular Walk on Dartmoor starting at Okehampton Camp
5th September 2021 Herb Piper Circular Walk on Dartmoor starting at Belstone
3rd October 2021 Herb Piper Circular Walk to the Skaigh valley or Cowsand starting at Sticklepath


Next walk - Sunday 3rd October 2021

Starting from Finch Foundry Car Park at 10.00 am
Map Ref SX 941 642   Post Code EX20 2NW

The walk will be about 6.8 miles but could change
on the day depending upon the weather.
Again, weather dependant, the walk will
include Skeigh Valley or Hound Tor and the
Standing Stones Circle

The terrain is very uneven and boots with ankle protection
are recommended.

Previous walk - Sunday 5th September 2021

Started at Belstone Car Park at 10.00 am
Map Ref SX621938. Post Code EX20 1RB
The walk Was about 6 miles and included Presticott, West Cleave,
Scarey Tor, Winter Tor, Oke Tor and Belstone Tors.

Previous walk - Sunday 1st August 2021

The Whitestone Walk was a circular walk of approximately 5.5 miles,
starting from the car park near Rowtor south of the Okehampton Battle Camp
at 10am. Map ref: SX 596 922 We walked South to East Mill Tor and
Okement Hill before turning East and then North to return to start.

Previous walk - Sunday 4th July 2021

Cancelled

Previous walk - Sunday 6th June 2021

Met at Okehampton Railway Station at 10.00am for a circular walk
of approximately 5 miles.

Intended route was Tram Lines to Fatherford and then to the
East Okement river to Chapel Ford.
Return was be by Roe Tor or Roman Chair and Klondike.

Previous walk - Sunday 2nd May 2021

Met at 10am at the railway crossing in Stoke Canon for a four mile circular walk.
The route was flat and a bit muddy in places.
Street parking was available in Chestnut Crescent

Previous walk - Sunday 3rd January 2021

Met at at Whitestone Parish Hall. Walked south of village to
Holcombe Burnell, Garden Down, Woodhayes Farm & return via Springdale Farm.
Total distance was 5 miles along minor roads, bridle ways and footpaths.

Previous walk - Sunday 6th December 2020

Started from Whitestone Parish Hall car park at 09.30 am.
The walk was on footpaths, bridle ways and minor roads North of the village.
It involved undulating terrain with seasonal mud and good footwear was essential.
The circular walk was about 4.8 miles.

Previous walk - Sunday 1st November 2020

The walk started at 10.00am from the car park at the rear of
Finch Foundry, Sticklepath.

The route included the Skaigh Valley plus footpaths and
bridle ways around Belstone.

The circular walk was about 5.3 miles.

Previous walk - Cancelled - Sunday 4th October 2020

The walk in the Skaigh Valley and footpaths/bridle ways
around Belstone had to be cancelled due to a dire weather forecast for Dartmoor.

Previous walk - Sunday 6th September 2020

The walk was a figure of eight starting from Okehampton Railway Station
at 10.00am. The furthest point was Meldon Reservoir and a total distance
of 6.5 miles.
The majority of the walk was NOT be the Granite Way Cycle Track, but on footpaths
and bridleways which were very muddy in places.
Good footwear was essential.

Previous walk - Sunday 2nd August 2020

Met at the rear of Finches Foundry,Sticklepath near Okehampton at 10.00 am.
The weather was a bit showery but mainly dry and a good temperature for walking.
The walk was approximately 8 miles.

Previous walk - Sunday 5th July 2020

Met at Belstone Village Car Park (SX 621 938 or EX20 1RB) at 10.00 am.
The weather was favourable for walking and we covered about 5 miles at a leisurely pace.
A welcome tea or coffee was taken outside The Tors Hotel afterwards.

Previous Walk - Sunday 1st March

Met at Parish Hall 09.30am or in the Killerton Car Park (EX5 3LE) at 10.15 am
for a circular walk in the Killerton Estate. The car park was free for members but
£2 for 2 hours parking or £4 all day.

The weather was great with just an occasional shower.
Just a bit muddy underfoot.
Really enloyed there is a cafe at the finish.

Previous Walk - Sunday 2nd February 2020


Met at the Parish Hall 09.30am or Okehampton Railway Station at 10.00 am
for a circular walk of 5 miles along the Okement river.
Waterproof footwear was essential!

Previous Walk - Sunday 5th January 2020


Met at Whitestone Parish Hall at 09.30 a.m. or on
Alphinbrook Road, Marsh Barton at 09.45 am.

The circular walk took in the river Exe and a part of the Green Circle.
Distance was about 5 miles.

Previous Walk - Sunday 1st December 2019


Met at Whitestone Parish Hall at 09.30 a.m. or Castle Drogo
car park at 10.00 am. The circular started at Castle Drogo
and took in Fingle Bridge and be along the river Teign before
returning to Castle Drogo.

With the amount of rain we had had recently, good footwear was essential.

Distance was about 5 miles.

A shorter walk was available. From the Fingle Bridge Inn (10.25 am),
along the River Teign on the Fisherman’s Path to the footbridge,
crossing the river and returning to the Inn.

Previous Walk - Sunday 3rd November 2019

Met at the Parish Hall car park at 9.30 am Distance about 5 miles.

Previous Walk - Sunday 6th October 2019

Met at the Parish Hall car park at 9.30 am or at
Killerton car park (SX621939 or EX5 3LE) at 10.00 am.
The circular walk skirted Killerton House, was up to
the woods, passed the old Columbjohn Chapel to the
original gateway to the (now gone) Acland Manor and
return.
Distance about 5 miles.

Previous Walk - Sunday 1st September 2019

Met at Whitestone Parish Hall at 09.30a.m. or on the road leading to
the Fingle Bridge Inn (EX6 6PW) at 10.00 a.m.

Thereafter it was road/track all the way. There was downhill on the
return path but nothing excessively steep and there were level bits between.

The walk was approximately 5 miles.

Previous Walk - Sunday 4th August 2019

Met at Whitestone Parish Hall at 09.30a.m. or at Okehampton
The walk was be along Granite Way to Meldon Dam and return via the Golf Links
and was be approximately 6 miles.

Previous Walk - Sunday 7th July 2019

Met at Whitestone Parish Hall at 09.30a.m. or at Okehampton
Railway Station car park at approximately 10.00a.m.
Walked to Fatherford Viaduct and then followed river to Chapel Ford and returned
There were good refreshment and toilet facilities at the station.
The walk was approximately 5 miles.

Previous Walk - Sunday 2nd June 2019

Met at Whitestone Parish Hall at 09.30 am or at
Belstone Car Park at 10.00 am. SX 621 938 or EX20 1RB

The walk was a circular walk on Dartmoor.
Distance about 5 or 6 miles.

Previous Walk - Sunday 5th May 2019

Met at Whitestone Parish Hall at 09.40 am or at
Flowerpots Car Park at 10.00 am. SX912 922 or EX4 1DH

The walk was a circular walk across the Millers Crossing , along The Quay to
Double Locks public house and return on the opposite side of Canal and River Exe.

Distance just over 5 miles.

Previous Walk - Sunday 7th April 2019

Met at Whitestone Parish Hall at 09:30 am or at Haldon Belvedere Tower
(Lawrence Castle) grid reference: SX875861, Postcode EX6 7QY at 10:00am.

There was a large free parking area adjacent to the road at the entrance to the castle.

The walk was a circular walk of about 4 miles on forestry paths.
We stopped at Haldon café for a refreshment/toilet break (about ¾ of the way around).

Previous Walk - Sunday 3rd March 2019

The walk for Sunday 3rd March 2019 was cancelled due to dangerous high winds predicted.

Previous Walk - Sunday 3rd February 2019

The walk for Sunday 3rd February 2019 was cancelled due to the wrong type of snow in Whitestone!
Rescheduled for March.

Previous Walk - Sunday 6th January 2019

The walk for Sunday 6th of January 2019 was a circular walk of 4.3 miles
starting from the Railway Crossing at Stoke Canon via River Exe, Brampford Speke,
Burrow Farm and return.
Met at Whitestone Parish Hall Car Park at 09.30am or at Stoke Canon
near the Railway Crossing at 10.00am.
Had a lovely drinks stop at the Stoke Canon Inn at 12.00.