Cranmere Pool and Hangingstone Hill

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.

Start – Parking by the road to OP15
Route – East Mill TorOkement HillOckerton CourtCranmere PoolWhitehorse HillHangingstone HillKnack Ford – OP17 – Oke Tor – OP15
Distance – 9 miles    Start time – 10.15am     Time taken – 5 1/4 hrs    Highest Point – Hangingstone Hill 603m
Weather – Sunny but windy
© Crown copyright 2014 Ordnance Survey FL 2014 SF

© Crown copyright 2014 Ordnance Survey FL 2014 SF

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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

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The view from East Mill Tor

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And again with Cosdon Hill to the right

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Okement Hill in the centre and Hangingstone Hill back left

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Cosdon Hill

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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.

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Same place but looking to Cosdon Hill furthest right

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Okement Hill with High Willhays and Yes Tor beyond

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Cosdon Hill again

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Heading to Cranmere Pool across typical terrain, that is a faint path on the right which took me all the way to Cranmere

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Looking back along the ‘track’!!

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Cranmere Pool and two fellas having a snooze!!

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Cranmere Pool Letterbox

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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!!

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Whitehorse Hill, unfortunately the cairn is now on the floor. The burial site is under the peat mound on the right

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Fernworthy Forest from Whitehorse Hill

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Whitehorse Hill with High Willhays in the distance left and Hangingstone Hill to the right

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Hangingstone Hill looking to Cosdon Hill on the right

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Same place but looking to High Willhays and Yes Tor

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Obs post on Hangingstone Hill with Cut Hill behind

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Hangingstone Hill (you can just make out the Obs post on top)

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Heading down to Knack Ford, with Steeperton Tor to the right

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Knack Ford, which meant a head dunk as it was getting warm

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OP17 looking to Oke Tor and Belstone Tor behind

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Oke Tor looking to High Willhays and Yes Tor

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Oke Tor looking back to Steeperton Tor to the left and Hangingstone Hill in the distance

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Looking in the direction of the car, with East Mill Tor to the left

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Back at the start after a lovely walk around north Dartmoor


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