13 members assembled on Dartmoor on a slightly damp morning and set off across open grassy moorland. A gentle descent into the valley of the river Walkham brought us onto a road enclosed by banks on either side where we were treated to the sight of masses of bluebells at eye level. A cuckoo could be heard in the distance. The road turned into a farm track and then a well defined but stony path as we headed up the valley past the impressive granite formation of Hucken Tor. All around us the gorse was a spectacular sea of yellow.
The abandoned granite quarry that sits on the hillside above the hamlet of Merrrivale came into view together with its pub, our destination for the day and a welcome opportunity to refuel and rest our weary feet.
The option to return to the start by car shuttle proved popular. A big thankyou to all the volunteer drivers who made this possible. Afterwards we headed into Princetown for the inevitable tea and cake without which no Devon group walk would be complete.