A few days off work and with a good forecast I was out. The weather was almost spring like today, the sun was warm and it felt like the snow of a couple of weeks ago was long gone. I haven’t been down to Blackaton Cross for a number of years now, but it was good to be back here, and with a few tors thrown in, it was a fantastic way to spend a couple of hours. The only part of this walk I’m not keen on is the section to the south east of the Trowlesworthy Tors. This is always very boggy, the ground moving type of boggy, where the earth is clearly sat on a watery bed, not a lot of fun. I should really have walked to the stone row and then up. But the main feature of today was the sun and the blue skies, more of that for spring would be lovely.
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At the start of the walk I head past Blackaton Cross, my walk will take me past those tors on the skyline
This is called Long Lake and used to be used for model boats, however the quarry company have stopped that now. That’s Penn Beacon and Shell Top behind
Very spring like today
Spring like it might be but I wouldn’t be in there even if I could!!
Lee Moor clay quarry
This leat comes from the river Plym and ends up in Long Lake. It then leaves Long Lake and runs down the bottom of the valley on the left and back into the river Plym!!
I’ve walked to a large cairn on the hillside under Shell Top and I get a zoomed view to Plymouth Sound past the quarry workings
Not sure what this sheep skull is laughing at
Behind Great Trowlesworthy Tor you get views to Eylesbarrow
Looking up to Shell Top
Little Trowlesworthy Tor from Great Trowlesworthy. The horizon is filled with the tors of Bodmin Moor
The two clumps of trees are part of my last walk with the clump to the right the one with Ditsworthy Warren House in it. The mast at Princetown in the distance
This was supposed to be the base of a flagpole bound for Devonport. It didn’t make it that far!
Looking back to Great Trowlesworthy
Shadyback Tor can be seen down there. The leat is between me and the tor and I head for the house on the hillside in order to find the small bridge over the leat
The bridge over the leat. Gutter Tor over on the left, Eylesbarrow is straight ahead
Shadyback Tor with the Plym on the left and Hen Tor up on the right
The dip in the distance is the Plym Valley
Down by the Plym looking up to Legis Tor
This is where the stream that comes out from Long Lake rejoins the river Plym. The Trowlesworthy Tors are up there on the hillside
Shadyback Tor is behind the trees and farmhouse over there, there’s a bit of cloud gathering now but nothing that would amount to rain
Back along the road to the car and left to right I get a view of Little Trowlesworthy, Great Trowlesworthy, Shell Top and Penn Beacon