Easdon Tor and Manaton Rocks

I had time for a quick walk just after luch before needing to be somewhere later in the afternoon. I misjudged the length of the walk really, particularly the part between leaving Easdon Tor and getting to Langstone. From that point I was looking for paths because at this time of year the bracken on Manaton Rocks is fierce. After leaving the road at Langstone and heading into woodland I kind of lost the path and there seemed no way of going up to the summit. I regained what I thought was the path only to find it was the other side of a fence. I backtracked back to a sign and found the right path up, and up through some of the thickest bracken I’ve experienced, well over head height in places. Still I popped out the top and it was a very short but steep drop to the church. In future I’ll come up from that side and do this walk in reverse!!

Start – Manaton Church
Route – Torhill Farm – Easdon TorWhooping Rock – Langstone village – Manaton Rocks – Manaton Church
Distance – 4 miles    Start time – 1pm     Time taken –  2hrs 15mins   Highest Point – Easdon Tor 438mertres
Weather – Sunny and white fluffy clouds, very warm
© Crown copyright 2016 Ordnance Survey FL 2016 SF

© Crown copyright 2016 Ordnance Survey FL 2016 SF

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The hugely impressive Manaton Church at the start of the walk, to my left was a game of cricket on this bank holiday Monday

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Hayne Down can be seen, as can Bowerman’s Nose on the right of the hill (you may need to click on the photo to make it bigger to see it)

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Heading up the track to Easdon Tor, looking back to Haytor and Rippon Tor among others

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Same shot but from the summit this time and with a bit more blue sky in shot

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Cosdon Hill to the right of Easdon Tor’s summit trig

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Plenty of yellow gorse along Easdon Tor

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Whooping Rock, or at least it did make a noise like that once, before a few folk came along and shifted it from its rocking position

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From the other end of Easdon Tor looking back to the summit

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Fro the same spot there is this rocky outcrop which resembles the Bowerman’s Nose across the valley. Haytor and Black Hill beyond the rock

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Down there is the ridge above Lustleigh with Hunters Tor on its left hand edge

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Heading down through the trees to Langstone village

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I’d stowed my camera on the way up to Manaton Rocks through the bracken, here I pop out on top, looking across to Hunters Tor again

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Facing the other way is Hayne Down with Haytor far left

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Hameldown Beacon is the flat topped tor. Time is getting on but its now only a short hop down to the car

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The final track to Manaton Church

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