Wild Tor and Watern Tor

First big walk of 2016, the weather was set fair for the majority of the day (more of that later), so I decided to head east to new territory around Fernworthy Forest and Scorhill. I planned to do the loop in reverse from my actual walk but I wanted to see the ruin at Teignhead Farm more than the tors around Thornworthy, so I headed that way first. it was a great walk which would have been even better had the forecasted rain arrived when it should have. The ground underfoot was boggy to say the least and the paths are pretty average around these parts once out of the forest. Still the sun shone for a large part and its an area I’m looking forward to returning to.

Start – Fernworthy Forest
Route – Fernworthy ForestSandeman Bridge –  Fernworthy CircleTeignhead Clapper BridgeTeignhead FarmManga RockWatern TorWild Tor – Gallaven Mire – Rival TorScorhill Stone CircleScorhill TorTolmen StoneWalla Brook ClapperTeign-e-ver Clapper – Batworthy Corner – Kes TorMiddle Tor – South Teign river
Distance – 12 miles    Start time – 10.30am     Time taken –  6 hrs    Highest Point – Wild Tor 531m
Weather – Sunny for most of the walk, rain and cloud from Scorhill Tor
© Crown copyright 2014 Ordnance Survey FL 2014 SF

© Crown copyright 2014 Ordnance Survey FL 2014 SF

Wild Tor 1

Fernworthy Reservoir, Thornworthy Tor up on the left

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Looking to the dam end of Fernworthy Reservoir

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No prizes for guessing where this is!

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The forest track over Sandeman Bridge

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Fernworthy Circle

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Assycombe Hill up on the right from the track through Fernworthy

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Heading for Teignhead Farm in the trees over there, as I leave Fernworthy Forest

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Manga Hill up on the left and Kennon Hill in the distance

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Teignhead Farm clapper bridge

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And the ruins of Teignhead Farm

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Looking back with Sittaford Tor above Teignhead Farm

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Pathless up here as I look across to Whitehorse Hill

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Manga Rock with Cosdon Hill back left

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The North Teign river wiggling across Gidleigh Common from Manga Rock

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Looking down to the second half of Watern Tor, with Wild Tor, Steeperton Tor, Belstone Tor and Cosdon Hill (left to right)

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Beautifull weather and views from Wild Tor

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Looking the other way to High Willhays and Yes Tor from Wild Tor

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Steeperton Tor left and Cosdon Hill right

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Looking back to Watern Tor

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At this point I’d lost the path a bit through Galleven Mire (it was about a hundred metres to my left!!)

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On Rival Tor now looking to prominent Kes Tor

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Watern Tor on the left and Wild Tor to the right, a fair old hike from here!!

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The Walla Brook below and Fernworthy Forest beyond from Rival Tor

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Hang on a moment, that’s rain and its not due for two hours!!! Scorhill Stone Circle in the foreground

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That’s heading my way!

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On Scorhill Tor and plans for 4 more tors are scrapped as the weather closes in. The North Teign river down to the left

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Kes Tor can just be seen from Scorhill Tor

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Tolmen Stone and its hole

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Now over the Walla Brook clapper

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And the Teign-e-ven clapper

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To Kes Tor, looking back to Batworthy corner

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Middle Tor is the last of the day and its down there!

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A revisit needed here as the view should be better than this from Middle Tor, Thornworthy Tor can just be seen! From here I crossed under the Fernworthy Dam and headed to the car


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