Storm Katie was due to hammer Britain this Easter weekend, however the worst of it seemed to miss the south west. The winds were brisk but not horrible, and when Sunday came and the skies had some blue in them I decided a walk was in order. Unfortunately the weather in Plymouth is not the weather on Dartmoor, even though I tried to stay as south and west as I could, I got a good soaking, 3 hailstorms and one clap of thunder that made me leap about 3 foot in the air. Thankfully the last hour was done in a cold wind and some sunshine which helped dry me out before getting in the car! To make matters worse I hit a pretty big bog on my way down near Trowlesworthy Tor which further soaked my feet, not my best day for walking. Still a couple of new tors for me and good views down to Plymouth from Shell Top.
|Start – Cadover Bridge
|Route – Shadyback Tor – Lee Moor Leat – Hen Tor – Lee Moor – Shell Top – Trowlesworthy Stone Row – Lee Moor Leat – Cadover Bridge
|Distance – 5 miles Start time – 1.15pm Time taken – 3hr 10mins Highest Point – Lee Moor 493m
|Weather – Four seasons, cold wind, hail, sun and rain!!! And a bog!!!
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Sunny start, however 2 mins after taking this I was getting pounded by a hailstorm! Trowlesworthy Tors on the horizon
Its gone grey now as I get to my first tor, Shadyback Tor on the edge of the River Plym, Legis Tor is behind.
From Shadyback Tor I can see my next objective of Hen Tor, the pointy bit to the right
Looking back along the River Plym
And upstream, Gutter Tor over to the left
I’m following the Lee Moor leat for a bit now until I reach a good crossing point just before Hentor Warren
Hen Tor and a moody sky
Turning round there is a flash of sun, Princetown is up in the cloud to the right
From Hen Tor looking north
Same as the last photo but with a bit of zoom to pick out Eylesbarrow left, the dip in the distance (right centre) is the head of the River Plym
Looking back past Hen Tor to some sunny weather over Gutter Tor and Burrator
Lee Moor summit
Great views to Ryders Hill from here, on the right. The dark pointy hill in the centre (distance) is Redlake
Spots of rain now!
The path to Shell Top can clearly be seen
As I head to Shell Top the views to the west open up again
If you like man made clay pit views, then this is your place. However when I visit Shell Top I prefer looking past that to Plymouth Sound in the distance
Penn Beacon from Shell Top
Great Trowlesworthy Tor ahead along the obvious path down from Shell Top, a bit further down however I hit a big boggy area and had to head left out of shot
Zooming in on Leather Tor and Sharpitor to the west
After a bigger detour than I would have liked, I reached the Trowlesworthy Stone Circle
Back at the Lee Moor leat and just the simple walk back to the car past the Trowlesworthy farm