A few weeks ago I had promised to deliver some of our Discover Dartmoor magazines to Tavistock Visitor Centre, and thought it would be fun for Maisie to have her first visit to Sourton Tors on our way.
It’s only a 20-minute drive from our office in Okehampton to Tavistock, but it has some beautiful views on the way and is always a pleasure. Sourton itself is a small village about 4 miles (6.4 km) south-west of Okehampton. It is at the north-western tip of the moor, lying along the A386 and is well known for its iconic tors, church and walks.
Of course, Maisie is too young yet to make it up to the tors, that adventure will come later, just as it did for Daisy and Skye (Golden Retriever Skye in one of the collage photos). But the gorgeous swathes of grassy tracks leading up to them are great fun for a young dog as there are streams to paddle in, boggy areas to splosh in and wide (forests to a puppy) patches of bracken to explore!
She made the most of her mini-adventure, I had her on a long-line to start with and was so pleased with the way she was calm around the few sheep we met, coming back immediately when I called her. I’ve been training her to be safe around ponies, cattle and sheep since she was 10 weeks old, vital training for any dog who is going to live on Dartmoor. You can learn more about Sourton Tors and the surrounding areas HERE.
More mini-adventures from Maisie soon!