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 Farm – Eylesbarrow – Plym Ford – Great Gnats Head – Duck’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
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Looking over Whiteworks and Fox Tor Mires from the start of the walk
It’s all a bit grey at Nun’s Cross Farm
Siwards (Nun’s) Cross and the farm, Crane Hill behind
A fair few army groups walking through here today
Views down to Sheeps Tor left and Sharpitor right from Eylesbarrow
The winding Plym valley
Plym Ford, I crossed slightly upstream to save my feet getting wet!
The view again through the Plym Valley from Great Gnats Head this time
Great Gnats Head cairn, Sheeps Tor prominent to the right
Boggy!! I followed the quad bike tracks which took me in the direction of Duck’s Pool
Duck’s Pool Lettebox
And the rock it sits in, a couple of yellow friends can be seen under the rock behind!
Sort of a pool!
Just stunning in this weather
Looking back to Duck’s Pool
Tussocky, boggy and very tough walking
North Hessary Tor and the mast
The source of the River Plym, Plym Head
Looking down the Plym Valley in the direction of Plymouth
Looking from Crane Hill with Nun’s Cross farm centre right
Looking north from Crane Hill
Could have stayed here all day, lovely
A much sunnier Nun’s Cross at the end of the walk
The view northwards from near the car looking over Fox Tor Mires