The weather could have been brighter, although it was very lovely in that moody way Dartmoor so often affects.
And the company was good.
In fact, it looked for a while as if there were going to be quite a few of us in our merry band.
First, though, a rendezvous with the many-times-visited Nun's Cross, which I love for reasons listed elsewhere ...
...before we climbed the hill to Eylesbarrow, from where we could see over to Haytor Rocks and Hameldon to the east ...
... and a sizeable section of our route to the west. The first part consisted of hacking our way over rough ground to Narrator brook, made visible by extensive tin workings, while ravens croaked overhead.
Looking over to Combshead Tor ...
... and Hingston Hill stone row and circle
View back the way we came
The stone row isn't that long but it does have presence. Here's the view from the end stone, looking back along the row to the circle ...
... and over to Leather Tor and Sharpitor.
The view back to Sheepstor
Bronze age enclosure in the foreground with Leather Tor and Sharpitor behind
Looking over to Newleycombe Lake
(A lake is not a lake on Dartmoor, it's a stream.)
Over to Devonport Leat Cross
And then Nun's Cross came back into view, and we were officially on the return stretch.
A chance for Ted to have a drink and a wallow.
We had one last stop on the way to a very crowded Chagford, where we were due to deliver maps of the three hares churches by Dru Marland, at the Warren House Inn and by Bennett's Cross, which looked wonderful with a backdrop of heather.