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Speaking of books...
Since we're on the subject of books, perhaps this would be a good time for a book review. It seems a long time I read and reviewed  John Kemp's "The Secret Letterbox" : A book giving Dartmoor Letterboxing a leading role. When I learnt of novel in which a Co...

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Challenge 3: ✔️ Achieved
Challenge 3: BRING THE LETTERBOX CATALOGUE BACK INTO REGULAR USE (IN MY HOUSEHOLD!) This month, I have been rekindling an old relationship with 'the book' - the Catalogue of Dartmoor Letterboxes.  In fact I have only been looking for the registered letterbo...

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Past, present & future: The book.
Lets face it: the overwhelming majority of the Letterboxes I find are word-of-mouth boxes.  These are clues that I have received from fellow Letterboxers, and generally via email.  I purchase a copy of the Catalogue of Dartmoor Letterboxes (the 'book), but ...

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Challenge 2: ✔️ Achieved
Challenge 2: PAY TRIBUTE TO A LETTERBOXING HERO Godfrey Swinscow's is 98 today.  A hugely impressive age for a gentleman and a legend, Godfrey is surely the Godfather of modern Letterboxing.  I visited him earlier this afternoon in his care home near Dartmo...

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Challenging the challenger
So this year of Letterboxing challenges.  What's in store?  Besides the completed first challenge of retrieving Upland Trotter 'Litterboxes'? Well, I am certain about a few, cautious about some more, and have no idea on a couple.  I'd love to share some of ...

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Challenge 1: ✔️ Achieved
Have I mentioned these yet? No, I don't think I have...  During the next year, in my solemn, executive capacity as whoisthechallenger , I am aiming to complete certain monthly Letterboxing challenges. These challenges are personal to me.  I've considered ch...

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Before the year was out - Part 2
My final Letterbox walk of 2016 was on the East side of Dartmoor.  A short stroll on what proved to be a crowded day around Holwell and Haytor Quarries.  I was eager to explore a quieter side to this popular spot, which I will come on to shortly. I parked b...

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Before the year was out - Part 1
2016 couldn't and didn't end without further Letterboxing walks. Alas, the time to blog about them at the time eluded me! Firstly, I made the long overdue return trip to Bodmin Moor.  The 'Southerly' peaks of Trewortha Tor and Hawks Tor proved a stunning de...

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Northern Exposure Part 2
Some Letterbox walks simply don't go as planned.  Take my latest, for example.  It has taken three attempts to complete my circuit of the 'track-formerly-know-as-the-Ring-Road', South of Okehampton Camp.  On each occasion I have parked at Hart Tor and the a...

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Northern exposure Part 1
It has occurred that I haven't walked much since my declaration of love for Dartmoor Letterboxing in the Summer.  I sought to rectify this recently, with a commitment to visit some wild spots before the days became too short.  Walkham Head has become quite ...
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