All around Widecombe in the Moor

Since early November sunny days in this part of the world have been extremely rare. Rain and strong winds from the south west have arrived day after day. Finally though we had one good day which meant one final walk in 2015. The original plan was start near Bonehill Rocks walk through Widecombe and up to Hameldown before looping round at the far end and ascending Honeybag Tor and coming back to the car along the ridge. Once out and looking at the blue sky I decided that I would add a warm up loop around Top Tor and Pil Tor and once up on Hameldown I would consider continuing to Grimspound. As it was I did pretty much 10 miles in some lovely sunshine.

Start – B3387
Route – Top TorPil TorHollow Tor – Widecombe in the Moor – Kingshead TorHameldown Beacon – Two Barrows – Single Barrow – Broad Barrow – Hameldown CrossHameldown TorGrimspoundHookney TorKing TorBerry PoundHoneybag TorChinkwell TorBell TorBonehill Tor – B3387
Distance – 10 miles    Start time – 10am     Time taken –  5h 30min    Highest Point – Hameldown Cross 530m
Weather – Sunny and blue skies to start, clouded over at the end
© Crown copyright 2014 Ordnance Survey FL 2014 SF

© Crown copyright 2014 Ordnance Survey FL 2014 SF

Widecombe 1

Blue skies and Haytor from the start of the walk

Widecombe 2

And blue skies the other way to the west

Widecombe 3

On Top Tor looking back towards the car, Hameldown to the left where I’m heading soon

Widecombe 4

Pil Tor next though

Widecombe 5

Haytor and Saddle Tor from Pil Tor

Widecombe 6

Rainbow on Widecombe from Hollow Tor

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The dark tor in the centre is Corndon Tor from Hollow Tor

Widecombe 8

Heading through Widecombe you get this great view back up to Chinkwell Tor

Widecombe 9

On Hameldown looking to North Hessary Tor (far left)

Widecombe 10

Looking back along the Two Moors Way from Kingshead Tor

Widecombe 11

Uh oh, on Kingshead Tor and that looks ominous!

Widecombe 12

Luckily the shower missed me, just! On Hameldown Beacon now

Widecombe 13

Broad Barrow ahead

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And great views westerly

Widecombe 15

Time for coffee and festive cheer!

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Blue skies on Two Barrows

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Looking back to Hameldown Beacon

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On Broad Barrow now looking to Hameldown Tor

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Hameldown Cross

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Great views from Hameldown Tor

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I decided to add on Grimspound and Hookney Tor to the walk as the weather was on my side

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Hookney Tor (the white spot to the right of the tor is the Warren House pub)

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Fantastic stuff from Hookney Tor down into Challacombe valley

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Grimspound down to the left with Hameldown Tor above

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King Tor is next up, a lot of heather between myself and the cairn

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Zoomed in and plenty of cars at the Warren House pub

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From King Tor looking to North Bovey (the village) in the centre

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Hound Tor catches the sun with Haytor behind

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Honeybag Tor is next and its a fair walk away!

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Lovely

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RAF memorial to a plane that crashed here on 22nd March 1941 on the way back from a bombing run

Widecombe 32

The circle is Berry Pound, clearly seen from here

Widecombe 33

The searchlights are out!!! Looking to Widecombe from the stupidly steep climb to Honeybag Tor

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Note to self, don’t come up from the west again!! Looking to Chinkwell Tor from Honeybag Tor

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Hameldown up on the left from Honeybag Tor

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The cairns on Chinkwell Tor looking back to Honeybag Tor

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Ok I wasn’t drunk, but I did double take thinking this was a group of unicorns!!

Widecombe 38

Bell Tor below, Bonehill Rocks behind and Rippon Tor back left with Top Tor and Pil Tor in the middle distance

Widecombe 39

Haytor still in view from Bell Tor

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From Bonehill Rocks looking back to Chinkwell Tor

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Bonehill Rocks

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Final shot on the short walk back to the car with Bonehill Rocks in the foreground and Chinkwell Tor behind

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