Langcombe Hill and Grim’s Grave

One of my remaining walks to finish my list and I didn’t really pick the best day for it. I headed out in weather that we have had down here now for 10 days or so. even my previous two walks had similar weather in the main. Parts of this walk will be stunning in good weather, the part from Plym Steps to Grim’s Grave would be lovely and the area around Broad Stone would give a great view along the Erme. Still being out is what counts!! Grim’s grave was a highlight, I didn’t really know what to expect as I hadn’t looked it up but its a classic bronze age burial chamber in a great location. It’s a place I’ll need to come back to in order to see the views. In fact the walk itself could have been longer with Gutter Tor and Higher/Lower Hartor included, on the way back i did think of going to Duck’s Pool before Gnats Head and Plym Ford, but passed on these as the weather just wasn’t right for exploring.

Start – Gutter Tor parking
Route – Eastern Tor –  Drizzlecombe –  Plym Steps – Langcombe Brook – Grim’s Grave Langcombe Hill – Broad Stone – Plym FordEylesbarrow Tin Mine – Gutter Tor parking
Distance –  10 miles    Start time – 11.00am     Time taken –  4 hrs  Highest Point – Langcombe Hill 468metres
Weather – Very grey, low cloud, some drizzle
© Crown copyright 2016 Ordnance Survey FL 2016 SF

© Crown copyright 2016 Ordnance Survey FL 2016 SF

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Gutter Tor from the car park at the start of the walk

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I passed on heading to Ditsworthy Warren to head up to Eastern Tor instead, however the normally great views back to Sheeps Tor and Leather Tor weren’t there, with Gutter Tor to the left and the trees around the scout hut just visible

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My way forward is even worse, I’ll be up on the right hand side later, the valley just visible in the middle is the River Plym

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Ditsworthy Warren house or the roof of it anyway

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After 10 minutes of walking the menhirs at Drizzlecombe come into view, with Higher Hartor Tor behind

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Giant’s Basin on the left with Eastern Tor in the distance

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At 4.5 metres and over 5000 years old this is the tallest standing stone on Dartmoor

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As look back along the River Plym as I join the path which heads to Plym Steps

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Plym Steps has no steps, its just a fording point of the river, I’m heading next into the valley opposite, Langcombe Brook

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After crossing I look back to Lower Hartor Tor, beyond Plym Steps

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On the path that follows the brook, this is a lovely area, the spot ahead is however called Deadman’s Bottom!!

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Grim’s Grave with Langcombe Head and Hill behind

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The burial chamber

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Hmm, claggy, drizzle, no paths and no points to pick out for navigation!! GPS is out at this point. The ground underfoot was a bit boggy but very tussocky

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Found the top of Langcombe Hill and the place that corresponds to the spot height

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Looking back to Langcombe Hill from my descent route

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A glimpse of the Erme valley, it took me a while to work out that the pointy mountain is in fact Redlake, with Quickbeam Hill to the right of that

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The Erme valley with a cloak of clag

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That’s Lower Hartor Tor looking like a pimple from here, I’ve just passed Broad Stone at this point

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Calverslake Tor can just be seen in the green patch of grass, centre photo. As I join the path to Eylesbarrow

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Eylesbarrow Tin Mine complex

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As I head down to the trees on the right, the scout hut, Gutter Tor rises behind and a glimpse of brighter weather in the distance

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Well it was a good walk, higher cloud would have been better. But still you can’t have it all. Even Sheeps Tor hasn’t cleared the cloud over there on the right

2 thoughts on “Langcombe Hill and Grim’s Grave

    • It was one of those days when the camera is tucked away under my waterproof, coming out for a minute at most, clean lens and take pic and then away again. I love new places. which I’ve had an awful lot of recently. Once I’ve done the next 4 walks I’ll be going out to do them all again, but from different ways, in different weather

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