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Another day on Dartmoor. by Katja Huth

Parking up near Water Hill,

overlooking Hookney Tor,

the sun starts setting,

greeted by sheep and their lambs.

I walk out,

towards a giant circular structure

the bronze age settlement of Grimspound.

People lived there,

in round huts and

herded their animals inside the walls,

for overnight save keeping.

Next day,

an early cup of coffee and warming fire

in my wood burner,

enjoying the sunrise,

listening to the birds.

Starting my hike south,

expansive views,

for so many steps,

one foot in front of another.

Breathing freedom into my lungs,

so many stone-crosses up here.

Eventually climbing up,

towards Cramber Tor,

to find Crazy Well Pool.

A swim, exhilarating,

in cold dark water,

breathing in peace.

Homemade jerky snack,

soaking up the sunshine,

chat with some hikers.

Getting going again,

following the Devonport leat

greeting another lady hiker,

glad to be out again.

Leat turns into a waterfall

and then crosses an Aqueduct too,

mesmerised by the water's ways.

I am finding much interest near Black Tor.

A stone circle,

I sit in it,

try to pick up on pre-historic vibes.

A round of gnarly trees,

naming them: Dancing Sisters.

The Tor's rocks,

stuck so loosely,

like child's play.

Now I am realising

my foot is sore,

I twisted it in the muddy moorland.

Limping back,

making Moor plans for another day.


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