Staple Tors, Roos Tor and Cox Tor

A walk around a familiar area with a change to norm. I’d joined a walk with a group, the Walk Dartmoor 365 group had arranged a gathering, not a long walk but a chance to meet like minded people and walk an area I’d been to lots of times. However with Paul taking us around we were in for a treat of his knowledge and a different aspect on things I’d looked at many times but never properly understood. From reaves, to xynoliths, tinners huts, periglacial mounds and paths for the quarrymen. so many others parts to Dartmoor than just the normal tors. It was a lovely walk in some stunning weather seeing some of the best bits of Dartmoor and some of the best tors. Looking forward to more of this on Dartmoor, as I’ve neglected the main part of Dartmoor recently, in favour of more coastal path walking, and need to get back up there more. A lovely morning out.

Start – Pork Hill car park

Route – Little Staple TorMiddle Staple TorGreat Staple TorRoos TorCox Tor – Pork Hill car park

Distance – 3 miles    Start time – 10am   Time taken – 3hrs Highest Point – Great Staple Tor 455m

Weather – Very cold wind but lovely sunshine, some cloud, warm out of the wind

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Pork Hill car park, the tarmac bit behind me is fairly full at 10am, but there’s plenty of parking to take. Looking to Tavistock and beyond to Cornwall (Bodmin Moor) at the start of the walk
A tinner’s cleave and up to Cox Tor, previously I’d walked through here without thinking about it
Little Staple Tor looking south towards Pew Tor with Peek Hill and Sharpitor on the left
Now up at Middle Staple Tor with the mast at North Hessary Tor in the distance
On from Middle Staple to Great Staple Tor
Now up at Great Staple and enjoying the fantastic shapes of the tors here
At the back of Great Staple looking west, Brent Tor is the dark triangle shape in the distance
Paul is in blue describing xenoliths at this point talking to Trevor. Jenny and Nicola to the right. The dogs are doing zoomies around us all, with Roos Tor at the back
At Roos Tor looking back to Great Staple with some dark clouds above, it never rained throughout, but out of the sun it was bitterly cold.
From Roos Tor, one of my favourite views ever. Out the back, the river Walkham on the right and lots of tors back left
A tinners pit between Roos Tor and Cox Tor, Brent Tor in the distance
The little mounds are periglacial apparently, or possibly something else, they only appear out of the normal Dartmoor granite area though
The highest areas of Dartmoor are in its north western parts, back right in this photo
Cox Tor trig point looking across the Tamar valley
Love this photo, fluffy clouds and a great landscape
As we descend from Cox tor out of a biting wind we look across to the Staple Tors with Great Mis Tor back left
And at the end this view back up to Cox Tor, a well done to Paul for putting up with all us and delivering a fine narrative to the walk. A worth while note that you may walk an area many times without knowing its true worth or story.

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