Duck’s Pool

Duck’s Pool was one of those places that I wanted to visit but didn’t know what it looked like or what to expect. I knew it would be boggy getting there, even with some ice on the ground. I would class this a bog rating 4 out of 5 especially the part from Great Gnats Head to Crane Hill. When I got there I was a little surprised, Duck’s Pool is not so much a pond, more a large boggy depression which could easily be missed, particularly in bad weather. However within minutes of arriving the sun came out, the flask came out and I spent one of the best 30 minutes I’ve had on Dartmoor, sitting with not a soul around, in silence. Stunning.

Start – Peat Cot
Route – Nun’s Cross FarmSiwards CrossEylesbarrowPlym FordGreat Gnats HeadDuck’s Pool – Plym Head – Crane Hill – Nun’s Cross Farm – Peat Cot
Distance – 5 1/2 miles    Start time – 10.15pm     Time taken – 4hrs    Highest Point – Crane Hill 471m
Weather – Started dull but sunny weather came at Duck’s Pool and stayed all the way back
Duck's pool map

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Looking over Whiteworks and Fox Tor Mires from the start of the walk

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It’s all a bit grey at Nun’s Cross Farm

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Siwards (Nun’s) Cross and the farm, Crane Hill behind

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A fair few army groups walking through here today

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Views down to Sheeps Tor left and Sharpitor right from Eylesbarrow

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The winding Plym valley

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Plym Ford, I crossed slightly upstream to save my feet getting wet!

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The view again through the Plym Valley from Great Gnats Head this time

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Great Gnats Head cairn, Sheeps Tor prominent to the right

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Boggy!! I followed the quad bike tracks which took me in the direction of Duck’s Pool

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Duck’s Pool

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Duck’s Pool Lettebox

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And the rock it sits in, a couple of yellow friends can be seen under the rock behind!

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Sort of a pool! I had a sit here for a coffee and after 20 minutes or so began to appreciate the place, the solitude and the quiet. yes it isn’t the most picturesque place but it has a certain something

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Just stunning in this weather

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Looking back to Duck’s Pool

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Tussocky, boggy and very tough walking to Crane Hill

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North Hessary Tor and the mast

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The source of the River Plym, Plym Head

Looking down the Plym Valley in the direction of Plymouth

Looking down the Plym Valley in the direction of Plymouth

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Looking from Crane Hill with Nun’s Cross farm centre right

Looking north from Crane Hill

Looking north from Crane Hill

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Could have stayed here all day, lovely

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A much sunnier Nun’s Cross at the end of the walk

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The view northwards from near the car looking over Fox Tor Mires