This will be the second visit Ibex has made to the lovely climbing destination of Dewerstone on the far corner of Dartmoor. Local legend has it that “the Devil, riding a gigantic black horse, gallops across the Moor each night and leads a phantom pack of black hounds to chase weary or foolish humans over the Dewerstone to their death”. Of course, this menacing folklore acts as no deterrent to Ibex, and rather than being diabolical, the setting is idyllic. The crags are found within a beautiful wooded valley through which tumbles the River Plym, and their tops poke above the trees to afford wide vistas across the countryside. Grades range from low to mid-level with the classic two-pitch HS of Central Groove being a popular feature. This is flanked by some HVS and E1 toughies, but elsewhere there are a number of two-star single- and multi-pitch Diffs, VDiffs and HVDs to get your teeth into. There is a crag guide with some Topo info here: www.javu.co.uk/Climbing/Guides/Dewerstone/Dewerstn.pdf but it has not been updated since 2002… There are several more recent guidebooks to south west England that cover the crags, and it has a comprehensive entry in the RockFax App.
Located near the village of Shaugh Prior, adjacent to the local top of Wigford Down, the cottage is large enough to accommodate plenty of people, and whilst primarily a climbing weekend, there will be room for walkers too. The vast moorlands of the National Park are liberally littered with sites of archaeological interest, and the Upper Plym Valley is no exception. Nearby, Ringmoor Down has the Brisworthy stone circle, and there are numerous mysterious “stone rows” dotted around Trowlesworthy, amongst evidence of numerous Bronze Age settlements and burial cairns. These sit a bit incongruously with remains of artificial rabbit-warrens from the middle ages, but there is definitely something for everybody!
You should contact the organiser of this weekend away - David Bibby - to enquire about spaces available.
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|Cost:||£36 (estimated cost based on 75% fill)|
|Deposit:||£19 (balance calculated during weekend away)|