Drizzlecombe and Higher Hartor

They say bad things come in threes, well I can vouch for that on this walk. Before I get to that however I’ll talk about the great thaw after the storm. The snow has started to melt and with it, it has been replaced by rivers of water running everywhere, on top of that the streams and rivers are running as high as I’ve seen them. This walk was supposed to involved two crossings of the River Plym, I didn’t get far enough today to attempt one. However crossing the river would not have been easy and may not have been possible at all today. My first misdemeanour came when leaping a stream on the way to Drizzlecombe, I fell in up to my knee and was soaked. I managed to sort my sock out and carried on, however within 10 minutes I knew I needed to go back to the car. I was getting cold. My thoughts were confirmed when I went to text back home and noticed my phone had decided to factory reset itself. Now I walk on Dartmoor alone most of the time, and have no issues looking after myself, however those at home expect a text or two to say all is well. This was now not possible, so I headed to the car. On the way back down I slipped and fell to make it a nice three bad things in one walk. I’ll be back in this area soon enough but for now I needed to get warm, and dry.

Start – Gutter Tor parking
Route – Eastern Tor – Ditsworthy Warren House – Drizzlecombe – Higher Hartor Tor – Eylesbarrow Tin Mine – Gutter Tor parking
Distance –  4.5 miles    Start time – 11.15am     Time taken –  2hrs 15mins   Highest Point – Higher Hartor Tor 418metres
Weather – Sunny, still some snow left, lots of water running off the hills

© Crown copyright 2017 Ordnance Survey FL 2017 SF

Starting out and looking over to Sheeps Tor. I’ll follow the road round to the right and along to Nattor

Some snow is still piled against the walls as I look up to Eylesbarrow on the right with Combeshead Tor in the centre

I’m on the lane to Ditsworthy Warren here, turning around to see Sheeps Tor again

Further along the path I look back to Gutter Tor with the scout hut in the trees to the right

It was at this point that I realised that crossing the Plym might be tricky today. water was everywhere. Clearly the snow melt was making the river run at full spate and flood the ground either side. The Plym can be seen in the centre here from Eastern Tor

Hen Tor behind Ditsworthy Warren House

The Plym is on my right, with Higher Hartor Tor catching the sun ahead

Drizzlecombe bronze age site, one of the best and oldest sites on Dartmoor. By this point I’d fallen into a stream and had rung out a sock full of water

This stone is also the tallest one on Dartmoor, around 4.5m tall

The tors around Cox Tor in the distance. It was now I noticed my phone had decided that a factory reset was a good idea. I decided that I would make for Higher Hartor and then bail out to Eylesbarrow and back to the car

Glorious view from Higher Hartor Tor. The Plym valley is left

Sheeps Tor is dead centre, with Peek Hill to the right

Lower Hartor Tor is down on the left with the stream that leads up to Langcombe running away from me. I was originally heading that way but not now.

Part of Eylesbarrow Tin Mine. Lee Moor in the distance

The track back to the car

I believe this was the wheel house of the tin mine. Sheeps Tor left and Peek Hill right

Peek Hill left, Sharpitor behind a shadowy Leather Tor

The scout hut is in the trees ahead as I get back to near my starting point

This was the road to Nattor, not too bad considering the amount of snow. But by this point it was nearly 6 degrees so the snow was melting fast and rivers of water running along the road. I’ll be back soon, hopefully with a working phone and less water in my boots!


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