Sampford Spiney, Pew Tor and Whitchurch Down

The last walk before restrictions on distance you can travel are lifted. You can’t stay overnight, but out and back home is all I need for now. This walk however stayed fairly local and included parts of a walk I did with the boys a few weeks back (here). This walk headed up towards Pew Tor before looping back across Whitchurch Down and the golf course. It wasn’t the longest walk, however I cut it short due to a poor weather forecast. The guy in the suit in front of the map said the weather would get better as the day went on, as in from cloud to sunshine, the weather apps said the same. Standing on Pew Tor as drizzle fell at midday, I felt that the weather forecast was about as truthful as a government contract tender. The cloud never shifted and rarely got above the 400metre contour. That said the area is a great one and the walk can easily be extended in better weather up to Feather Tor and the surrounding rocks before dropping down the road at Pork Hill. Roll on the Easter weekend.

Start – Horrabridge parking

Route – Plaster Down – Sampford Spiney – Sampford Spiney Cross – Pew Tor – Moortown – Pennycomequick Bridge – Furzey Lane Bridge – Pixies Cross – Plaster Down – Grimstone and Sortridge Leat

Distance – 6.5 miles    Start time – 10am    Time taken – 3hrs 45mins Highest Point – Pew Tor 318 metres

Weather – Cloudy but dry mainly, some drizzle around Pew Tor

Grimstone and Sortridge Leat and lots of tors in the distance. Cox Tor is back left and on the front right is Pew Tor
Plaster Down was the site of an aircrash during the war, one survivor who must have suffered in the aftermath, losing his compatriots. RIP
Low cloud obscuring the views, but Peek Hill is in view on the right
Looking back along the path which will take me to Sampford Spiney
Those with a keen eye will spot the tower of St Marys church in Sampford Spiney in the trees ahead
The Sampford Spiney Cross, the old school house behind, now a house and St Marys church. The old Manor House in the village was owned by Sir Francis Drake, he didn’t live here (he lived at Buckland Abbey nearby). The house is alleged to have been built around the 800s, so pre Doomsday Book.
Peek Hill and Sharpitor on the right ish, with Leedon Tor to the left
Pew Tor, with Sampford Tor down there on the right
Pew Tor outcrops, some fine granite stacking here
I’m descending to Moortown now, Feather Tor is on the right and at the back, looking misty is Cox Tor and the Staple Tors
Looking back to Pew Tor
Pennycomequick Bridge
A youngster with its mum
Furzey Lane Bridge I head up to the right of this photo on to Whitchurch Down
Climbing the road, Cox Tor back left
The golf course (Tavistock) with Cox Tor capped by cloud in the distance
Pixies Cross on Tavistock golf course, both this one and Furzey Lane Bridge is a Dartmoor 365 spot
I’m heading to Caseytown and the route back on to Plaster Down now, passing a VR postbox and following the sign on the gate
Wide open spaces, Plaster Down
Back at the leat (see first photo) now to follow it back to the car
The leat is on my left here and I’m looking across Plaster Down to Cox Tor (left), the Staple Tors (middle) and Pew Tor (right). the end of a good walk, not a great one, the weather was a bit irritating for that, but its a good area to give you an introduction to Dartmoor if that is what you need.

2 thoughts on “Sampford Spiney, Pew Tor and Whitchurch Down

  1. Sometimes it’s just a case of getting out for fresh air and exercise regardless of the weather, even when they let you down. To be fair the weather has been amazingly fickle of late. Yesterday we started out in cloudless skies and finished in a full winter blizzard!

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