The hills and tors around Castle Drogo

Like the last walk this one was a bit of a tidy up exercise to complete my Dartmoor tors list, after this I’ll have 5 left.. There were two walks, and a couple of darts to grab two more, which made 7 for the day. The five I have left will all be single walks to those tops. These ones however were good and I really enjoyed the National Trust walk to Fingle Bridge and back, despite the constant drizzle. It seems to be the way at the moment that I take a day off or plan a weekend walk and it results in poor weather. Well its not going to stop me from finishing this lot, I can go back in better weather another time!!

Start – Castle Drogo parking
Route – Butterdon Hill –  Pin Tor –  Willingstone Rock – Castle Drogo parking – short drive to Uppacott Down – Uppacott DownCranbrook Castle
Distance –  1 mile    Start time – 11.30am     Time taken –  30 mins  Highest Point – Butterdon Hill 351metres
Weather – A bit grey, misty, some mizzle
© Crown copyright 2016 Ordnance Survey FL 2016 SF

© Crown copyright 2016 Ordnance Survey FL 2016 SF


Butterdon Hill summit with a misty view to Easdon Tor


Mardon Down from Butterdon Hill


I’m heading down for the edge of the trees, having disturbed three deer already!!




Pin Tor is next up in the trees over there


Horns a plenty!!


Willingstone Rock from Pin Tor


North from Pin Tor


Next I dropped to the road to walk past Willingstone Rock


Balancing on a bank I get this view over Willingstone Rock to Pin Tor


A short drive brings me here to Uppacott Down, looking back at Butterdon Hill


My next stopping point is Castle Drogo which is still wrapped in plastic. I’m stood here on the grassy mounds surrounding Cranbrook Castle


This Iron age hillfort dates from 0-500BC and has ramparts and a ditch, here to the right

The second walk was the classic walk from Castle Drogo, around to Fingle Bridge and back along the Hunters Path.

Start – Castle Drogo parking
Route – Hunters Path –  Hunters Tor –  Two Moors Way – Iron BridgeFingle Bridge – Hunters Path – Sharp Tor – Castle Drogo parking
Distance –  4 miles    Start time – 1.00pm     Time taken –  2 hrs  Highest Point – Sharp Tor 222metres
Weather – A bit grey, misty, some mizzle
© Crown copyright 2016 Ordnance Survey FL 2016 SF

© Crown copyright 2016 Ordnance Survey FL 2016 SF


The path is well sign and will be popular in the summer, not so much on this misty day


The teign valley as I start out on the Hunters Path, Sharp Tor to the left


First up however is Hunters Tor which kinda sticks out over the valley


Hunters Tor


I followed the Two Moors way path down to Iron Bridge


The weir just downstream from Iron Bridge


Sharp Tor is up there and so will I be, a bit later


The good path and the River Teign


Fingle Bridge and the pub behind


Having huffed and puffed up the Hunters Path from Fingle Bridge I reach an open section again


Looking back along the Teign valley


Sharp Tor is coming up


The view from Sharp Tor


Castle Drogo, from here it was 10 mins to the car


A short drive from Castle Drogo took me to Gidleigh, here I enter the permissive path into the forestry area


It started snowing as I left Castle Drogo, its starting to settle here, Gidleigh Tor ahead


Snowy Gidleigh Tor, Kes Tor would normally be seen over the trees ahead


I thought I’d look at the weather over Dartmoor so drove back across to Princetown. Here at the Warren House pub I was in a white out, or is it grey out!!


I drove to the car park below Great Mis Tor and got some lovely light over Kings Tor, with a snowy scene to finish with

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