Today's jaunt was a bimble through Fox Tor mires and on out to Childs Tomb, with the walking history book called Shamus, The weather made a pleasant change, no clear blue sky's just overcast clouds to add character and atmosphere to the moors, and the threat of rain so a day to be prepared to get wet, or dress for the conditions, no trail shoes today for fear of ending hip deep in a section of what is renowned to be as boggy as a boggy thing can get mire.
A tentative walk across the mire to find some mapped features, made good use of the walking poles, tho the ground we chose to walk over was surprisingly supportive(could be more luck than judgement) it was a relief to arrive on firm ground, and then a hunt for the Cairn Circle and Cist, with a little micro navigation it was found and we set off for Childs Tomb Cross, an interesting feature with history to go with it.
The cloud started to drift in and you could watch it slowly shrouding the top of the hills. North Hessary Mast vanishing at times, so skirting the mire we headed back to the car as the rain set in, the Furtech Claw on a little rain was nothing to worry about, zipped up and hood up i was never too hot but just comfortable, this might have changed with an ascent. The route back was far less Mire like tho still some spots to be avoided and the occasional tentative poke with a walking pole to test ground was needed, and the poles came in handy for the stream crossings as well.
The final leg was fairly simple following the wall then heading for the car by meandering through the tin workings with their unusual stone walled enclosures not something i have seen before but will have to look up why they are there sometime.
A quick drive from there delivered us at the Plume of Feathers....... to the shock of many for a coffee rather than a Jail Ale, and an entertaining discussion about the earlier events of the day.
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