It had been a couple of weeks since my last walk and I was getting itchy feet. I’d planned on returning to this area, as my last walk here resulted in getting soaked and the cloud dropping completely on the last two tors, meaning I had to cut short the walk. This walk allowed me to visit the two tors I missed, alongside visiting others in better weather. It was a great walk and although it involved a bit of criss-crossing of routes there is enough history and tors to visit to not feel like you are re-covering old ground. The only downside was the horseflies and midges which were out on force around the reservoir, leaving me pickled with bites. Insect repellent needed!!
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At the start of the walk a tranquil looking Fernworthy Reservoir
And the Dam
The foxgloves are out above Fernworthy
Heading up to Thornworthy Tor and looking across Fernworthy Forest
The reservoir from the top of Thornworthy Tor, Assycombe Hill at the back
Cosdon Hill in the distance, my next stop is The Longstone, which is half way up the hill past the wall. There are two men on the path to it, The Longstone is just to the right of them
As if by magic I’m here, looking back at where I was!
And a bit later I’ll be over there on Kes Tor
After about 20 minutes I made it to Stone Tor, which is really more of a hill with a long wall across the top. Looking back here to Thornworthy Tor
Kes Tor can just be seen on the right, my next target (Teign-e-ver Clapper Bridge) is just to the left of those trees over there. The paths on the hill opposite take me in that direction
Cosdon Beacon across Gallaven Mire from Stone Tor
Along the path to Teign-e-ver Clapper Bridge there were a number of stone circles and walls, all part of Shovel Down settlement
As promised here I am at Teign-e-ver Clapper Bridge, Watern Tor in the distance
Here you get two bridges for the price of one, this one is 30 metres from the other and is called the Walla Brook Clapper Bridge, no prizes for guessing the waterway under it! Scorhill Tor up on the hill behind, I’ll be there later.
The North Teign river can be seen heading to the bridges with Watern Tor and Manga Hill beyond
A busy Scorhill Stone Circle
The group I’ve just past back there were singing Bohemian Rhapsody, not sure the Scorhill ancestors would approve!!
Up on Buttern Hill now and I’m at the furthest point from the car, here looking east
Hameldown is the big bulky hill to the right with Haytor just visible to the left of it
Buttern Hill Stone Circle, seen better days!!
Approaching Scorhill Tor and a group of Dartmoor ponies, with Kes Tor on the other side of the trees
Before I head to Kes Tor, I drop down to the North Teign river to visit……..
The river obviously and…..
The Tolmen Stone with its hole
The cloud starts to gather and lower in the west, luckily I’m on Kes Tor now and not far to go. Here looking back to Batworthy Corner, Watern Tor and Steeperton Tor in the distance
One last look at Cosdon Beacon
Hameldown Beacon with my last tor, Middle Tor in the foreground
My first tor from my last, Thornworthy Tor from Middle Tor
Looking south across some deforested land to Easdon Tor
After crossing some boggy ground I’m heading around Thornworthy Tor. Fernworthy Reservoir comes back into view. The small clump of trees to the left is where the gate is.
Slightly darker clouds now than when I set off, but its been a good day out.
2 thoughts on “Fernworthy Reservoir to Buttern Hill and back”
Looks like it was a lovely, peaceful walk. I love the names of all of these places. It’s like each thing has its own personality.
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A much needed walk indeed, it was lovely as you say. glad you like the names as well, there are some brilliantly named places up there. Hoping to visit some more this weekend!
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