After a night out on the beer (other refreshments are available!) I needed a walk the next day. The mind was willing but the body was weak, so it took me until 4pm to get myself together and get out the door. My navigational skills do not improve with a hangover, so it took me a while to find the right track out of Lustleigh so I could head up to the roadside parking below Sharpitor. To be honest it wouldn’t have been a hassle to park in Lustleigh and head from there (plus there is a superb pub in the village, The Cleave). Parking sorted, I headed out up a steepish path to Sharpitor (covered in trees) and onto the ridge (covered in bracken!!). This didn’t improve my overall feeling and mood! However I do this walk a dis-service, its a cracking little place, not very high but the views are immense. None more so than from Harton Chest which goes into my top 5 tors/places on Dartmoor. Well worth it.
|Start – Roadside below Sharpitor
|Route – Sharpitor – Ravens Tor – Hunters Tor – Harton Chest – Roadside below Sharpitor
|Distance – 2 1/2 miles Start time – 5pm Time taken – 1 hr 30mins Highest Point – Between Ravens Tor and Hunters Tor 325m
|Weather – White fluffy clouds and sunshine
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The parking spots (wider road!) are just behind me, I’m heading up the path signposted on the left
Into the woodland below Sharpitor
These are the lower parts to the tor
The top is in the trees to the left of this photo but the view as you pop up here captures all of your attention. Hound Tor in the distance
As you walk towards Harton Chest you get glimpses of the views, as the path suddenly opens out
Looking across again to Hound Tor
After a bit of a battle with the bracken I come out into open ground near to Ravens Tor
This isn’t the top of Ravens Tor but its not far off, the actual tor is down the hill a bit, but this is close enough
The top of the tor is just over there to the right, with Easdon Tor beyond
From Ravens Tor to (r to l) Hayne Down, Hound Tor, Rippon Tor and Haytor peeking out above Black Hill
Ravens Tor on the left with Lustleigh Cleave down on the right, I get a better look at that later.
For now I’m on Hunters Tor looking in the same direction as the previous photo
The view north from Hunters Tor has that wow factor on a day like this. Cosdon Beacon is the high point on the left
Cosdon Beacon on the right with Easdon Tor in the centre
Looking back to Hunters Tor
As I head forward towards Harton Chest
Back into woodland, this is the top of Harton Chest, however if you walk past this rock to the left and head out another 5 metres or so you end up perched……….
……Here!!!!!!!! Above the canopy of Lustleigh Cleave looking across to Black Hill and Hound Tor. The drop off the edge of this boulder is 50 or so metres and the boulder is circular and about 4m in diameter.
I was sat taking most of these photos!! Great view along the cleave
You can see Harton Chest boulder in the centre of the photo peeking out over the trees