Penn Beacon and Shell Top

Day off work and time for a walk, decision made on an ascent of Penn Beacon and adding on Shell Top for good measure. A good track from Quick Bridge takes you to open moorland just beyond the Lee Moor clay pits, before heading up steeply. Once on top the views are good especially over South Hams, however the weather meant all views today were in monochrome!!

Start – Quick Bridge
Route – Lee Moor Clay Mine – Penn BeaconShell Top – Lee Moor Clay Mine – Quick Bridge
Distance – 4.5 miles     Start time – 9.15am     Time taken – 3 1/4hrs    Highest Point – Shell Top 475m
Weather – Dull, just very dull
© Crown copyright 2014 Ordnance Survey FL 2014 SF

© Crown copyright 2014 Ordnance Survey FL 2014 SF

Looking back down conifer avenue!

Looking back down conifer avenue!

And ahead through conifer plantation

And ahead through conifer plantation

Opening out now and a look into one of Lee Moor's clay pits

Opening out now and a look into one of Lee Moor’s clay pits

And again from higher up

And again from higher up

Heading up to Penn Beacon

Heading up to Penn Beacon

A view eastwards towards Western Beacon

A view eastwards towards Western Beacon

Cairn and shelter on Penn Beacon

Cairn and shelter on Penn Beacon

Penn Beacon trig looking to Shell Top

Penn Beacon trig looking to Shell Top

In reverse, looking back at Penn Beacon

In reverse, looking back at Penn Beacon, South Hams beyond

Murky day!

Murky day!

Shell Top and the Lee Moor clay quarry

Shell Top and the Lee Moor clay quarry

Looking back up at Shell Top left and Penn Beacon right

Looking back up at Shell Top left and Penn Beacon right

Lots of these little fellas on the path back down

Lots of these little fellas on the path back down

Oh well and I'd brought me trunks!

Oh well and I’d brought me trunks!