Twizzle Tree, Bearacleave and the Pixey Copse

Back to the eastern side of Dartmoor again, and another late start after midday, after waiting for the last of the showers to pass through. This was another trip into Shaptor Wood to try and finish off the tors in there, well that was the plan. However I got a bit befuddled in there and for some reason forgot to visit Stonelands North Tor! Nevermind, I’ll perhaps leave that for the autumn when the trees change shade ready for winter. Apart from that one, I’m done in Shaptor Wood for a while. Which is a bit of a shame really as there are some absolute cracking tors in there and some huge pieces of rock. I managed to tag on Bearacleave at the end of the walk as well to have a look around the many outcrops in there, I’m sure there are more than I saw but for me I’m only counting this as one tor for my purposes, with it being outside the national park boundary. My favourite moment of the walk was on Beadon Lane where 7 deer crossed the road 20 metres in front of me, 4 had crossed before I had got my camera up and ready. And the other 3 crossed separately just as I kept dropping the lens, thinking no more would come! Typical! This walk also meant another visit into Great Rock Wood, a place I haven’t been for a few years now (June 2018) and it was nice to walk through this small wood. Its an area rich in heritage as the Great Rock Wood mine is below your feet and care must be taken not to stray far from the path in here. Another fine walk

Start – Hennock parking
Route – Twizzle Tree TorGreat Rock Copse TorGreat RockEasterndown Copse TorBeadon Brook Bridge – Beadon Lane – Beadon Rock – Bowden Lane – Bowden TorRock Copse TorShaptor RockSonny Copse TorPixey Copse TorAller Down Copse TorStonelands StackRooks Hole TorMiddle Stonelands Tor – John Canns Lane – Bearacleave Tor – Five Lanes – Hennock
Distance – 6 miles    Start time – 12.10pm    Time taken – 4hrs 25mins    Highest Point – Bowden Lane 255metres
Weather – Grey cloud all the way around. No rain at least!

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One of the car parks in Hennock, this one gives some good views over the eastern side of Dartmoor

Hennock church

This gate leads along a path down to Great Rock Wood and Twizzle Tree Tor

Twizzle Tree Tor, a fine name for a small outcrop

The area to the south of the path has been opened up a bit but there are still a fair few native trees on this side and hopefully a few more will be planted to compliment them. Twizzle Tree Tor is both sides of the path

In Great Rock Wood now with Great Rock Copse Tor on the path ahead

This is the tor with the path passing through the middle of it

Great Rock Copse Tor

This is Great Rock. It looks a decent size from here on the path, but get up near it and it extends further uphill to make a huge outcrop

On of the higher rocks on Great Rock. Looks a bit like that green bug ship out of Red Dwarf

About 100 metres west of Great Rock is a logging path, either side of the logging path as you walk down it is Easterndown Copse Tor, this is one of the more prominent rocks with its balancing rock. This one lies above the path

The logging path, the balancing rock is to my left. The pipe I think is the old water pipe for Hennock. There’s another part of Easterndown down there on the left by the path, opposite that is the lower section to this tor

The lower part of Easterndown Copse Tor

A waterfall beside Beadon Brook Bridge. To be honest I didn’t need to cross the bridge as the logging path leads to a gate this side of the brook and then up Beadon lane. But I crossed it anyway and followed the path around to the road and then back up

Beadon Brook Bridge

Heading up Beadon Lane, and after the deer had darted across the road I came to Beadon Rock. Another hidden, large outcrop

From the top there’s a bit of a view

I’m guessing this may have been part of the mine, but there was a fair bit of water coming out of here

Beadon Lane

I’m now on Bowden Lane with Dartmoor proper beyond. The area around Haytor in sight

Behind me is a stile, and I sat here for a while and had a coffee and bite to eat. The smell of the food attracted a couple of horses from behind the trees and I ended up sharing my apple with one of them. I then crossed this field, the path heads into the right hand bushes, but Bowden Tor is just in the trees on the left

As you enter the trees this is what you see, not too much to start with, but keep going down to the right a bit

Bowden Tor, its pretty huge as are the outcrops around it.

Bowden Tor overhang

Just down from Bowden Tor, about 50 metres or so, over a broken wall lies this. Rock Copse Tor

It resembles a michelin man or stacked up cow pat but its a fine looking tor

I rejoined the path in the field and headed towards Shaptor Rock with glimpses through the trees towards Haytor again

A fine path. The lump in the distance holds Shaptor Rock

Daffodils are out!

The town of Bovey Tracey as I enter Shaptor Wood

And to prove it this sign lets you know where you are. I laughed when I saw the jammed in spanner on the left hand side of this fence, I bet the owner was cursing not being able to get it out!!

Shaptor Rock, not for climbing today. Too many others to pick up

If you walk in Shaptor Wood, you will most likely hit this sign at some point. The path through these woods on the OS map comes from the left (Slade Close) and heads out right (Higher Bowden) past Shaptor Rock. I’m going behind me along a permissive path towards John Canns Lane

On the permissive path and not far from the sign you will go past the lower parts of Sonny Copse Tor

And then to here, Pixey Copse Tor. The path heads through the middle of this one so its easy to find this one.

Pixey Copse Tor boulder

I took a beeline downhill, away from the path towards Aller Down Copse Tor, which is here. Two large outcrops make up most of this tor. Now i was supposed to contour around to Stonelands North, but in honesty I forgot and ended up climbing the hill back tot he main path and then heading off to find Stonelands Stack

The moss covered outcrops around Stonelands Stack, again a broken wall leads you towards the summit

The stack of Stonelands Stack

Back on the main path again and pretty much straight across it and slightly uphill to this huge outcrop. There are two massive white walls punching through the trees. These are Rooks Hole Tor and they can be seen in parts from the main path below

Climb to the top to get a view over the canopy in winter towards Black Hill. There are also plenty of outcrops and boulders, one each directly behind each white wall are the high point of this tor. But the boulders are huge when stood next to them but they look small to the main outcrops

Next I went looking for Middle Stonelands Tor. I should have stayed on the path which takes you to the main rock which is on the path. But I diverted downhill before that and picked up the lower outcrop first before returning back up to the main rock on the path. Here is a view out from the woodland just below the lowest outcrop on Middle Stonelands Tor

The lower outcrops of Middle Stonelands

Back on the path, this is the recognisable rock of this tor

Not sure what’s going on here. I guess they are felling these trees and trying to stop the sap from rising maybe? Any ideas?

The exit of Shaptor Wood and I’m now stood on John Canns Lane. John Canns Rocks and Stonelands Tor is down that way, but I’m crossing straight over this lane into Bearacleave Wood

In case you forgot where you are.

Parts of Bearacleave Tors, there are about 3 separate outcrops here but they are all quite close so I’ve put them as one on my list. I’m now outside the national park

Bearacleave Tor

Back on the lane towards Hennock having left Bearacleave. I think that is Chudleigh in the distance

Five Lanes, named for obvious reasons, although you can never get all five on a photo easily!! Hennock is straight on and a pint in the Palk Arms was very much needed and drunk. A good pub at the end of a decent walk

4 thoughts on “Twizzle Tree, Bearacleave and the Pixey Copse

  1. It must be great to have these interesting woodland walks and tors to explore while the weather higher up is so poor. That’s the problem where I live is it’s either arable farmland or mountain for the most part.

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    • They are a bit of a godsend to be honest. I know on a dull low cloud day that I can get out and stay below 350 metres and still see some good tors and get a decent walk in. There are plenty of quiet lanes to link the woodlands together which helps miss out on the very muddy sections as well

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