8 summits in the search for The Shovel Stone

I’d done a similar walk to this in November last year (here) and this time wanted to find the Shovel Stone, which isn’t marked on the map but i know is in the area. I’d done a bit of internet digging beforehand which brought up conflicting photos of the stone itself. All I could tell was that Widecombe village say it is on a straight line between the Rugglestone inn in Widecombe and Top Tor. That’s good enough for me. I set out having forgotten my camera (phone photos here) and waterproofs and feeling a bit daft and under-prepared!! Luckily the weather was set fair and the views far better than my last time here.

Start – Cold East Cross parking
Route – Buckland BeaconTen Commandments StonesWittaburrow Tunhill RocksHollow Tor Bovey Rock – Shovel StoneTop TorPil Tor – Blackslade Ford – Cold East Cross
Distance – 5 miles    Start time – 2pm     Time taken –  2hrs 45minutes   Highest Point – Top Tor 432mertres
Weather – Cloudy and some sunny spells. Lovely
© Crown copyright 2016 Ordnance Survey FL 2016 SF

© Crown copyright 2016 Ordnance Survey FL 2016 SF

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Over the bovine to Wittaburrow left and Top Tor to the right, I’ll be on those later

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Corndon Tor is the dark looking tor in the centre, and Ryders Hill is rising up on the left as I make my way across to Buckland Beacon

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Fabulous views down to the River Dart from Buckland Beacon

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The Ten Commandments Stones just below the summit

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From left to right, Hameldown, Chinkwell Tor, Top Tor (with some sun) and Rippon Tor (above the tree)

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After a lovely walk across I find Wittaburrow, this is from the cairn looking back to Buckland Beacon

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And looking the opposite way, the tor rocks of Wittaburrow are just over there on the left

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Standing by the tor rocks of Wittaburrow now, looking to Tunhill Rocks in the shade, Hameldown back left and Chinkwell Tor to the right of Tunhill

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Its not more than 10 minutes between each of the tors around here, here I am on Tunhill Rocks looking back up to Wittaburrow

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From the same spot, Pil Tor with Rippon Tor to the right

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This view is always in view from these parts, Widecombe village centre left of photo

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On Hollow Tor now and Widecombe village, and especially the church, look their best from here

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Chinkwell Tor with Hameldown up on the left from Hollow Tor, I know made a beeline for what I thought was the Shovel Stone.

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My beeline was to that group of rocks over there. That is not the Shovel Stone, I am stood by that. That’s an unnamed tor as far as I can find out, answers on a postcard please!!!

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This is the Shovel Stone and is indeed in a line between Top Tor and Widecombe

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Its only a drive and a short wedge to Top Tor from the Shovel Stone, that’s Pil Tor down there, Tunhill Rocks on the far right

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The path that goes to Bonehill Rocks and then on past Bell Tor and up to Chinkwell Tor, Easdon Tor in the distance to the right of Chinkwell Tor

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Saddle Tor and Haytor from Top Tor

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Suns out on Pil Tor, looking towards Cold East Cross and Buckland Beacon

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Into the sun, looking down to Tunhill Rocks with Ryders Hill forming the background

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One last look down to Widecombe with Hameldown above

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Top Tor to the right and Chinkwell Tor left

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Rippon Tor with Saddle Tor centre and Haytor left, as my phone battery died on me so no more photos on the short walk back to the car.

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