The weather was good (I don’t like to say too hot as I only moan when the weather is inclement!) and we decided a quick picnic on the moor followed by a walk was in order. We ate around Cadover bridge with the boys having a dunk in the river, not intentional, more they fell in!! We then headed up to Merrivale for a quick walk around Hucken Tor. I should have used the path south out of Merrivale and then headed up through the trees to Hucken Tor, but I thought I knew best and we waded through knee high bracken, gorse and streams instead!! I know for next time. After Hucken Tor we headed back to Merrivale stone circle as the sun was setting behind the clouds.
|Start – Merrivale
|Route – Lower slopes of Kings Tor – Hucken Tor – Kings Tor – Merrivale Stone Circle and Row – Merrivale
|Distance – 2 1/2 miles Start time – 7.20pm Time taken – 1 hr 40mins Highest Point – Kings Tor 380m
|Weather – Evening sunshine and blue skies
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As we start out I look back to the Walkham Valley with Great Staple Tor on the left
Pew Tor to the left with Vixen Tor sticking up on the right. Vixen Tor is still on private land and off limits currently
Wider view of the Staple Tors, Roos Tor back right
Having decided I’d definitely gone the hard way, we look up to the lower slopes of Kings Tor
On Kings Tor now looking back to Great Mis Tor on the right and the Staple Tors left with the Walkham Valley inbetween
The top of Kings Tor catches the sun with North Hessary Tor and the Princetown mast behind
Gandalf the green and his staff decides that “Non shall pass”!! We’re not going that way anyway!
Looking south towards Leeden Tor and Sharpitor
Next we cross the stile over the wall down there, and head for the clump of trees middle right of the photo. The Walkham Valley continues southwards
At the trees now and this is the wall at the top of Hucken Tor, they’ve decided to head back already!!
The top of Hucken Tor, looking to Sharpitor
Looking back to Hucken Tor, with a silhouetted Pew Tor in the distance
Merrivale menhir is reached after passing Kings Tor
The Staple Tors behind the menhir
We head through the Merrivale stone circle with Kings Tor and the menhir behind
The first of the stone rows at Merrivale. North Hessary Tor and the mast also in shot
and the second stone row
The sky at the end of the day