On Sunday 5th  June 2016, two Knights and eight Ladies completed the second stage of the Perambulation of Dartmoor. Starting at Batworthy corner (thanks to Derek for helping with transport)we soon reached the Longstone – thought to be the Heigheston of the 1240 perambulation. Approaching Thornworthy Tor we rescued a lamb from a bog, before ascending the tor for some excellent views. We diverted round the modern Fernworthy reservoir and arrived at the Heathstone – thought to be the Langestone of the perambulation. There are different views on the route from there to Furnum Regis – King’s Oven. We chose to walk along Hurston Ridge to Water Hill, though the knights may have passed nearer to the very boggy Metherall marsh as the next feature mentioned in their itinerary was the turbary (peat cutting area) of Alberysheved. From Water Hill we made for the point marked on modern maps as the King’s Oven. The route then followed the Wallabrook. Cuckoos were heard along the way and we came across a good example of a tin stamp stone in a wall alongside Soussons plantation. Taking a diversion around private land at Pizwell, we arrived at Riddon Brake, our finishing point.
The Lonfstone

The Longstone

 

The Heathstone

The Heathstone

 

Wallabrook, close to its source

Wallabrook, close to its source