Back on Dartmoor and a walk around the mast at Princetown, picking off lots of tors that I don’t visit very often, Swell Tor being one of these. This surprised me a bit as the quarry is a great place for an explore. The weather got better as the day went on, which was good but I have to say that it felt like autumn for the first time this year. The wind was keen and I had a baselayer under a t-shirt for the whole walk. Not long now and it will be winter!! There are lots of options on this walk, both to lengthen it or shorten it, a fine simple walk would be to stick to the railway track and loop around Kings Tor and head back the way you came. Its a great place for quarries with five in a short distance of each other, plenty to see and do, what more do you need.
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Starting out from Princetown, these set of tors are in view for a lot of the walk. Left to right is Sheeps Tor, Leather Tor, Sharpitor and Leeden Tor
The old trackbed of the Plymouth to Princetown railway. Leeden Tor in the distance on the left
A bit of zoom down the valley that holds Burrator reservoir, Sheeps Tor is left and Leather Tor right. Black Tor is on the hill in front of Leather Tor
Left, Right, Left Right. Sir yes sir!! Green berets out walking across the moor, I assume they were reserves having camped overnight
The sweeping curve is the old railway track and I’m heading down to it. Ingra Tor, also on my itinerary, is about to get wet from one of the few showers I encountered early in this walk
A brief sunny interlude as I reach the curving railway. East Tor is first up on the left, with Leeden Tor behind, which I didn’t bother with today.
East Tor looking down to the old railway bridge, to the right of that is Fur Tor which is next for me
Fur Tor looking to Swell Tor
Looking back to the bridge, East Tor is right and Fur Tor to the left. I will also be at the mast in the distance at the end of the walk.
Cox Tor left, then the Staple Tors and Roos Tor back right across some green farmland around Merrivale
Ingra Tor quarry and Ingra Tor above
Looking back to Ingra Tor after crossing directly to Swell Tor across the bridlepath
Swell Tor looking past Foggintor quarry to the Princetown mast
The upper part of Swell Tor quarry there are two parts to this quarry. Stone from here was taken to make London Bridge and Vauxhall Bridge in London
The lower part of the quarry, the quarry buildings are down there to the right. With Leeden Tor and Sharpitor beyond
Kings Tor from Swell Tor
These corbels sit to the west of Swell Tor on the railway siding, there are 12 of them and they were made for London Bridge but never used
I’m leaving the railway path now and heading for the bracken, gorse covered hill opposite, it looks an easy walk. It isn’t, nothing like it. I should have gone left and down to the main path and then backup to Longash (the rocks you can see between the bracken and gorse), but I didn’t. I saw a ladder stile and thought I was being smart. I can hear my grandad telling me “you know what thought did don’t you?”. The Staple Tors and Roos Tor form the backdrop beyond Merrivale
Before I start the daft route I look across to Vixen Tor
Phew, that wasn’t fun, the bracken, bushes and trees made for an impenetrable barrier. In the end I had to go back and forth and round about to get through. This is Longash looking down the Walkham valley
Kings Tor looks so easy from here!!
Merrivale standing stone. Great Mis Tor in the background
Merrivale stone row
After a bit of a trudge I reached Hollow Tor. The views are now northwards into the centre of Dartmoor around Rough Tor
This is Rundlestone Tor, just a short distance from Hollow Tor (down there on the left). Again the Staple Tors and co are in the distance
A section of green from Rundlestone Tor
The same green fields this time from Herne Hole Tor, which is the other side of a wall from Rundlestone Tor. The flat topped tor in the far distance is Hameldown
The mast on North Hessary Tor
Trig point on North Hessary Tor and views all the way to Plymouth Sound
The mast station
Long distance views are 360 on this point, which is the highest part of the south moor. This is east, looking to Hameldown, Haytor and Rippon Tor
Descending to Princetown
Shame it wasn’t open!!