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

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Butterdon Hill summit with a misty view to Easdon Tor

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Mardon Down from Butterdon Hill

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

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Fungi

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Pin Tor is next up in the trees over there

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Horns a plenty!!

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Willingstone Rock from Pin Tor

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North from Pin Tor

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Next I dropped to the road to walk past Willingstone Rock

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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Hunters Tor

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I followed the Two Moors way path down to Iron Bridge

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The weir just downstream from Iron Bridge

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

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The good path and the River Teign

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Fingle Bridge and the pub behind

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

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Looking back along the Teign valley

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Sharp Tor is coming up

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The view from Sharp Tor

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

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

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

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

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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!!

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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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