All around Foxtor Mires

First walk on Dartmoor for a few weeks and an area I haven’t been to before and too be honest not one I’ll rush back to. The area around Foxtor Mires is excellent, although not to be messed with as it is horrendously boggy. However once on Ter Hill the ground is heavy going and very same, same, especially across to Skir Hill and Down Ridge. The views to central and northern Dartmoor are brilliant throughout though. I enjoyed the part around Swincombe Farm and the return over the side of Royal Hill gave me a chance to view my outward walk route. Spring is around the corner and hopefully the rains of the winter will become a distant memory soon.

Start – Whiteworks
Route – Foxtor MiresGoldsmiths CrossFox TorChilde’s TombMount Misery CrossTerrill PostsTer HillSkir HillSkir Ford CrossDown RidgeSwincombe BridgeLower Swincombe Farm – Royal Hill – Whiteworks
Distance – 8 miles    Start time – 9.50am     Time taken –  5hr 15mins    Highest Point – Skir Hill 487m
Weather – A bit of sun, mainly cloudy but cold
© Crown copyright 2014 Ordnance Survey FL 2014 SF

© Crown copyright 2014 Ordnance Survey FL 2014 SF

Fox Tor 1

The start at Whiteworks by the Devonport leat, Ter Hill up on the right

Fox Tor 2

On the edge of Foxtor Mires, not a place to mess with. I thought I was on a path but that soon disappeared into a boggy mess. I’ll go around next time!

Fox Tor 3

Goldsmiths Cross with Foxtor Mires and Whiteworks beyond

Fox Tor 4

Across Foxtor Mires to northern Dartmoor

Fox Tor 5

On Fox Tor now

Fox Tor 6

On Fox Tor again looking north

Fox Tor 7

Ter Hill from Fox Tor

Fox Tor 8

Bit of zoom to Littaford Tor (the pointy one!)

Fox Tor 9

Nun’s Cross farm on the left with Sharpitor to the right. The mast at Caradon in the far distance, that is in Cornwall

Fox Tor 10

The gateway to Childe’s Tomb

Fox Tor 11

Childe’s Tomb with Fox Tor behind

Fox Tor 12

Fox Tor away to the left and the brilliantly named Mount Misery Cross through the gateway

Fox Tor 13

The westerly Terrill Post, the easterly one can just be seen behind

Fox Tor 14

One of the Terrill Posts and northern Dartmoor

Fox Tor 15

The easterly Terrill Post

Fox Tor 16

There’s no real summit on Ter Hill, so my stick acts as the top!

Fox Tor 17

Zooming from Ter Hill to Haytor and Rippon Tor

Fox Tor 18

Ryders Hill up to the right as I head for Skir Hill

Fox Tor 19

Again no summit, just tufty grass on Skir Hill

Fox Tor 20

Teignmouth from Skir Hill

Fox Tor 21

And Haytor with Rippon Tor, Sharp Tor in the middle foreground

Fox Tor 22

Looking down to the O Brook, Down Ridge on the left

Fox Tor 23

Skir Ford Cross with Skir Hill behind

Fox Tor 24

Down Ridge also lacking a summit!!

Fox Tor 25

Hexworthy down below with Bellever Tor behind

Fox Tor 26

Looking down to Swincombe Bridge

Fox Tor 27

The River Swincombe, Royal Hill in the distance

Fox Tor 28

Looking back to Lower Swincombe Farm and the bridge

Fox Tor 29

On the homeward stretch with the Princetown mast a good guide

Fox Tor 30

On the side of Royal Hill, the Swincombe Valley to the right

Fox Tor 31

Part of my outward route with Fox Tor centre and Ter Hill to the left

Fox Tor 32

Whiteworks in the trees to the right

Fox Tor 33

Foxtor Mires, Ter Hill and Fox Tor from beside Whiteworks

3 thoughts on “All around Foxtor Mires

  1. That looks a lot like our moors – tors an’ all (Yorkshire Dales) but we only have the one cross up there. I love the crosses everywhere but am not sure about that terrain in between! At least our bogs aren’t potentially fatal – just a nuisance. We do have mine shafts up there though 😮
    Carol.

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    • It looks very bleak up there over the winter with the grass turning a very dull light yellow colour. Makes the moors difficult to photograph as all the layers blend in! Foxtor Mire is pretty famous round these parts, very, very boggy and where the Hounds of the Baskervilles are based I believe (called Grimpen Mire in the book). The crosses are fantastic and testament to the old Abbots ways that would have crossed over Dartmoor between the priorys. Thankfully mine shafts aren’t too prevalent up on Dartmoor!

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  2. It looks very bleak up there over the winter with the grass turning a very dull light yellow colour. Makes the moors difficult to photograph as all the layers blend in! Foxtor Mire is pretty famous round these parts, very, very boggy and where the Hounds of the Baskervilles are based I believe (called Grimpen Mire in the book). The crosses are fantastic and testament to the old Abbots ways that would have crossed over Dartmoor between the priorys. Thankfully mine shafts aren’t too prevalent up on Dartmoor!

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