This was a walk to pick up some tors in the north eastern side of Dartmoor. I have been meaning to come here now for around 6 months but with the lockdown I haven’t ventured to far from home. This was as far as I have been now and a return to some sort of normal walking. Lots of woodland here, and at this time of year, plenty of bracken. The problem with bracken is the ticks, and I picked up 2 on this walk. That makes 4 this year. So being a tick free zone prior to this year, I now have 4 and a reliable technique for getting them out. I’ve been told to stay off Dartmoor for a few months, which isn’t going to happen but I’ll be heading more into proper Dartmoor for now and away from the long grass and bracken, which swamp the outskirts. That said this was a good route and one I would repeat, it can be shortened once you get to Cranbrook Castle, or lengthened further to Clifford Bridge if you want to. A fine day out.
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Looking into eastern Dartmoor, mainly Hameldown which looks strange from this angle
Down the lane, the weather was cloudy but very humid
Some lovely views to patchwork fields with higher ground beyond
Nice of them to name the tor so you know where you are!
Fields to Natterdon Common and Meldon Hill
Cosdon Beacon is far right at the back
Heading towards the River Teign now and that is Hunters Tor below Castle Drogo, the entry to the Teign Valley starts there
Whiddon Park House Tor in the small woodland down by the River Teign
Whiddon Park House Tor
Having not walked in this area before I was expecting to walk to Dogmarsh Bridge (the road and stone one), but this wooden version meant I cut half a mile from the walk
In the meadow on the other side of the bridge I could see this outcrop, Dogmarsh South Tor, a clearer view would be possible in winter but this one will do for me
Iron Bridge is below Hunters Tor and Castle Drogo. It gives access to a fine circular starting from the castle above and heading down to Fingle Bridge. Even better when the Fingle Bridge pub is open
A calm River Teign from the bridge
I walked the main track for a bit before breaking off up to Whiddon Park Tor, this could be the start of it
More rocks as you head upwards. You need to head out into the open ground beyond the trees to find the main outcrops to this one though
I missed the main part of Whiddon Park Tor, choosing to follow the wall uphill. I broke out into this part with Whiddon Wood Tor up there
The lower rocks are in open ground, with the main part in the trees behind me. The views are good from here though. Cosdon Hill is back left and Castle Drogo behind the trees to the right
Chagford village is down there below Meldon Hill. Kes Tor is the lump sticking up back right
In the trees and there are more boulders to Whiddon Wood Tor beyond the wall, and in the wall!
As you pop through the wall which runs downhill from Whiddon Woods you get this vista. The little corrugated barn below and a few rocky outcrops signifies a tor. Great Parford Tor
There’s a view to Haytor from here as well
Into the woods shows you some larger outcrops, these are difficult to photograph, but they are pretty big, showing a vast tor heading down the hill
Out of the trees there is a fine picnic spot here with views to Cosdon
I had left Whiddon Woods and was heading to Cranbrook Castle, as I made my way across I saw a roe deer in the distance
A view down into the Teign Valley as I made for Cranbrook
I kind of skirted Cranbrook Castle and headed down towards Fingle Bridge with fine views to North East Devon
On the lane down to Fingle Bridge and some fine views along the Teign Valley
Fingle Bridge, I worked a bit to cut out all the people down here having picnics and ball games
Through Butterdon Ball Wood
The River Teign again
Now having walked past Butterdon Ball Rocks, which I wasn’t impressed with I rejoined the path below and spied Upperton Tor (Broadmoor Common) opposite. I will return in the winter when I can see it better
Seamans Borough Rocks (yep that’s the name), this outcrop runs up the hill a bit. Easier to see in the winter
I’d climbed up a very humid path past Wooston Castle which had me pouring with sweat. I was glad of this view and a chance to take a drink before pushing on to the lane at the top by the Hillfort parking spot
Fluffy clouds and a great view to the east from the woods above Wooston Castle
Out of the woods and along the lane for a distance, I then turned off for Pin Tor (which is in the trees up there) I got talking to the farmer who runs this area and is setting up a kind of woodland seating area below the tor to the left. With him being around I chose not to summit the tor but move on to…..
Willingstone Rock. Not the best view as I’m up close to it.
Walking back to the car now and the lane walking is punctuated by these views over a gate to the main part of Dartmoor. A fine way to end a good walk, were I took home two friends who were attached to me!!