As we all know the weather recently has been hot, days without a breeze are rare down in the south west but when coupled with hot sunny weather, it makes for unpleasant walking conditions. This was one of those days and as a result I was up early and parked at 8.30am for my favourite walk. The bracken was high so I headed first across the open Wigford Down, hoping to be in the trees for just after 9am and some welcome shade. It was still hot at this hour but it wasn’t stifling and I love this part of the moor, as it gives so much in such a short walk. By the time I got back to Cadover, tents and sun shades were going up, kids were jumping in the river and the foldaway chairs were being placed in the best spot. It was like Butlins. So I was glad to get home and out the way.
Start – Cadover Parking
Route – Cadover Cross – Wigford Down – Cadworthy Tor – Dewerstone – Dewerstone West – Shaugh Bridge – West Down Tor – North Wood – Cadover Bridge
Distance – 4 miles Start time – 8.30am Time taken – 2hrs 10mins Highest Point – Wigford Down 271 metres
Weather – Sunny, very hot even at this time of day
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Cadover Cross at the start of the walk, it was already 26 degrees at half eight, I was right to walk the open section first and then into the trees for the return, as I normally head the opposite way around
Bit further up the hill, up on the left is Lee Moor, with Shell Top and Penn Beacon running away from the camera. The two Trowlesworthy Tors are on the hill side over there
Wigford Down and the views to the tors, on the right is Sheeps Tor, at the back is the mast at Princetown and to the left of that Leather Tor and Sharpitor
The pool at Wigford Down, these wild ponies (more horse than Dartmoor pony) were taking a drink. Cox Tor and the Staple Tors are far left
One of the boundary markers on Wigford Down and a glorious view to Plymouth Sound beyond
Cadworthy Tor, the paths to the Dewerstone are obvious through the bracken
The Dewerstone sticks high above the trees down there, Plymouth Sound again in the background
I’m stood above the Dewerstone here looking back up the Plym valley
On the top of the Devils Rocks, also called Dewerstone West by the Tors of Dartmoor team, this set of rocks runs down in the direction I’m looking rather than towards the Dewerstone way to my left here. The views here are magnificent and worth a stop for a brew, or today a cold juice!
Brent Tor and its church away in the distance
Down in the trees now and a few degrees cooler straight away, this is the old track that they used to take the granite away from the quarry works up around Dewerstone West
The brake house which helped stop the granite from ending up in the River Meavy
Dewerstone West, the lower parts, you can clearly see the track has been blasted through the rocks here and the granite taken away for building works
I’d seen more butterflies than I could count across Wigford Down but this was the first that sat still long enough to get my phone camera ready. A lovely Red Admiral
Down by the meeting of the rivers Plym and Meavy. Shaugh Bridge is behind me but the photos were awful of that (I blame the phone!!)
Shaugh Bridge car park is pretty full by 9.30am, these structures on the right covered in bracken are the settling tanks for the clay works up on the moor beyond Cadover Bridge (where I am parked). I will follow the clay pipe path back that way. The clay was taken from here to the nearby train station and onwards to make clay things!
Climbing up from Shaugh Bridge is always warm work, more so today. I love these views though across the fields which give you a breather
West Down Tor (names by the guys at Tors of Dartmoor), plenty of outcrops in this area and before here, but these are the biggest. Shaugh Beacon is just up beyond this tor but I’m not heading there today
The Dewerstone looks glorious across the valley, there were plenty of people carrying ropes, heading that way, as I passed them heading down to Shaugh Bridge
The path across West Down which heads into North Wood, the Plym valley to my left
Ok not sure on this one, but I think this is a skipper of sorts. Grizzled maybe or is it Silver Spotted (but the wrong habitat) or maybe a Dingy skipper. Anyone have any idea on this one?
North Wood, it was lovely walking through here
The clay pipe has been seen all along this side of the river and finally its in a photo
Speckled Wood sat on the clay pipe in the photo above
Back at Cadover Bridge now and they are all setting up for a day of sunbathing, river swimming, BBQ and fun
The lad on the left is leaping, his friends had jumped already from lower down so he went better than them. The water is a few metres deep at this point so all was well. No doubt lots more of this as the day went on
Tents, shady covers all being setup. Cadover is like Butlins by the river and most of the folk from Plymouth will have done this at some point, its a different option from the beach with similar results. For me I knew it would be here so I came early to leave early, although this is 10.30am and earlier than I though it would be!! Now home for a shower and a beverage!!