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.
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Fernworthy Reservoir, Thornworthy Tor up on the left
Looking to the dam end of Fernworthy Reservoir
No prizes for guessing where this is!
The forest track over Sandeman Bridge
Assycombe Hill up on the right from the track through Fernworthy
Heading for Teignhead Farm in the trees over there, as I leave Fernworthy Forest
Manga Hill up on the left and Kennon Hill in the distance
Teignhead Farm clapper bridge
And the ruins of Teignhead Farm
Looking back with Sittaford Tor above Teignhead Farm
Pathless up here as I look across to Whitehorse Hill
Manga Rock with Cosdon Hill back left
The North Teign river wiggling across Gidleigh Common from Manga Rock
Looking down to the second half of Watern Tor, with Wild Tor, Steeperton Tor, Belstone Tor and Cosdon Hill (left to right)
Beautifull weather and views from Wild Tor
Looking the other way to High Willhays and Yes Tor from Wild Tor
Steeperton Tor left and Cosdon Hill right
Looking back to Watern Tor
At this point I’d lost the path a bit through Galleven Mire (it was about a hundred metres to my left!!)
On Rival Tor now looking to prominent Kes Tor
Watern Tor on the left and Wild Tor to the right, a fair old hike from here!!
The Walla Brook below and Fernworthy Forest beyond from Rival Tor
Hang on a moment, that’s rain and its not due for two hours!!! Scorhill Stone Circle in the foreground
That’s heading my way!
On Scorhill Tor and plans for 4 more tors are scrapped as the weather closes in. The North Teign river down to the left
Kes Tor can just be seen from Scorhill Tor
Tolmen Stone and its hole
Now over the Walla Brook clapper
And the Teign-e-ven clapper
To Kes Tor, looking back to Batworthy corner
Middle Tor is the last of the day and its down there!
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