Challacombe Down

First walk back after a week in the Lake District and almost got caught out by the earlier nightfall. Had to get a bit of a wiggle on whilst crossing Hameldown and not too much of a stop at Grimspound in order to make it back with 20 minutes to spare before dark. I also found a rugby ball on Hookney Tor which is one of the strangest things I’ve found on Dartmoor so far. A few new places for me on this walk, Challacombe Down and Blacka Tor and also a visit to Stoneslade Tor which I had been over before but didn’t realise it!! More of this weather please for November!!

Start – Bennet’s Cross parking
Route – Birch TorChallacombe Stone RowChallacombe DownBlacka Tor – Blackaton Cross – Stoneslade TorKingshead TorHameldown Beacon – Two Barrows – Broad Barrows – Hameldown Cross – Hameldown TorGrimspoundHookney Tor – Bennet’s Cross parking
Distance – 7 miles    Start time – 1.20pm     Time taken –  3hrs 20mins  Highest Point – Broad Barrows 530metres
Weather – Lots of white cloud, lots of sun and going dark earlier!!
© Crown copyright 2016 Ordnance Survey FL 2016 SF

© Crown copyright 2016 Ordnance Survey FL 2016 SF

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Nice blue skies as I look up to Birch Tor, challacombe Down just to the right

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Views to Cosdon Beacon as I start the walk

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The last working mine on Dartmoor was here, the Vitifer Tin Mines closed in 1925. The white building in the distance is the Warren House Inn

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On Birch Tor with Challacombe Down to the left and Souusons Down the valley to the right

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Hookney Tor left and Hameldown Tor right from the same spot

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Challacombe Stone Row with Birch Tor behind

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This is the end stone of the stone row in the dip across there is Grimspound (the circle), which could have had links to this stone row

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This wall marks the top of Challacombe Down, here looking over to Fernworthy Forest (back right)

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Almost down to the road that will take me to Blacka Tor, Hookney Tor beyond the fence

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Blacka Tor looking back to Challacombe Down on the left

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Heading up onto Hameldown now and the views across to Haytor and surrounding tors open up

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In the far distance in the mast on North Hessary Tor beyond Devon’s green fields

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Here looking back along the Two Moors Way path from Stoneslade Tor

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From the same place the sun nips behind a cloud meaning I can get a picture to the south west, the dark tors, centre left, are Yar Tor and Corndon Tor. This is from Kingshead Tor

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Bit of zoom catches the sun picking out Haytor

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Hameldown Beacon, I realised at this point I’d need to get a move on as the sun had about 30 minutes before setting

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From Two Barrows into a setting sun

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Looking east this time

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Back along the ridge to Hameldown Beacon

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Greator Rocks picked out by the zoom this time

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Rippon Tor

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I could see this rock/tor sticking out in the sun to the east. After a bit of work with the map I managed to identify it as Blackingstone Rock. Its on my list of to do’s!!

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Hameldown Tor and trig point

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Hookney Tor above the trig point. Cosdon Beacon is the dark hill in the far distance

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Grimspound, with Birch Tor across the valley and Hookney Tor up to the right

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Sun begins to set over Challacombe Down

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From Hookney Tor with Grimspound below and Hameldown Tor above

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End of the day on Hookney Tor

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Nope not Twickenham, found on Hookney Tor!!

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Between Birch Tor and Hookney Tor now as the moon rises above

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Last shot looking towards the car and the Warren House pub as the sun goes behind clouds and sets

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