Like Ducks Pool on the south moor, Cranmere Pool is one of those places that if you like walking you will need to visit. To say you’ve been!! It’s the site of the oldest letterbox on Dartmoor dating from 1854 and the tough trudge is worth it for the peace and quiet. The boggy hike across to Whitehorse and Hangingstone Hill wasn’t much fun but these are isolated spots and lets face it you expect it out here! The middle part of this walk is bog level 3 out of 5 even in summer. In winter I’d expect at least a 5!! Luckily the rest of the military paths are good and provide a quick route between tors.
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A fair chunk of today’s walk, 1st will be East Mill Tor to the right, Okement Hill, Hangingstone Hill at the back and Oke Tor far left
The view from East Mill Tor
And again with Cosdon Hill to the right
Okement Hill in the centre and Hangingstone Hill back left
On the track to Okement Hill, looking back to Yes Tor left and East Mill Tor on the right. Those two had been camping overnight with their young baby and were heading back to their car.
Same place but looking to Cosdon Hill furthest right
Okement Hill with High Willhays and Yes Tor beyond
Cosdon Hill again
Heading to Cranmere Pool across typical terrain, that is a faint path on the right which took me all the way to Cranmere
Looking back along the ‘track’!!
Cranmere Pool and two fellas having a snooze!!
Cranmere Pool Letterbox
Boggy across here. The head of the East Dart river is in the picture, the head of the Taw river is behind me and Cranmere Pool to my right!!
Whitehorse Hill, unfortunately the cairn is now on the floor. The burial site is under the peat mound on the right
Fernworthy Forest from Whitehorse Hill
Whitehorse Hill with High Willhays in the distance left and Hangingstone Hill to the right
Hangingstone Hill looking to Cosdon Hill on the right
Same place but looking to High Willhays and Yes Tor
Obs post on Hangingstone Hill with Cut Hill behind
Hangingstone Hill (you can just make out the Obs post on top)
Heading down to Knack Ford, with Steeperton Tor to the right
Knack Ford, which meant a head dunk as it was getting warm
OP17 looking to Oke Tor and Belstone Tor behind
Oke Tor looking to High Willhays and Yes Tor
Oke Tor looking back to Steeperton Tor to the left and Hangingstone Hill in the distance
Looking in the direction of the car, with East Mill Tor to the left
Back at the start after a lovely walk around north Dartmoor