We are nearing the end of June for this walk and the recent weather had been changeable. As I sit here in baking hot sunshine with sweat dripping from very pore, it seems strange that a few weeks ago we were wondering whether summer had been and gone in a blink. Plenty of heavy showers covered June, interspersed with sunny spells and quite a bit of wind. Not that it was cold, far from it, the south westerly brought warmth, its just that it brought weather systems. As a result Dartmoor was still pretty damp in places. Today the forecast was for brightening weather as the front cleared through Devon in the morning. I timed things pretty well as the rain stopped as I parked and the clouds rose and cleared as I walked, the aim being to get to Huntingdon Warren and then down to Keble Martin’s Chapel and then find a way back to the car. I’d never entered the moor from Lud Gate, so that would be fixed today, before heading up to Pupers Hill (like buses this one has come along twice so far this year now). I then thought that Snowdon and Ryders Hill would be good before turning back to Huntindown Warren. This walk could easily be extended here by going down to Redlake and then Huntingdon Warren, or by tagging on a longer section at the end, towards Shipley Tor. What I will say is that the section between Snowdon and Ryders Hill is grotty, just a soft boggy section that never seems to change, regardless of the weather. However for today this route was perfect, however as you see below I wish that maybe an extended section would have been added to miss what I saw near the end!! My eyes, my eyes!!
Start – Cross Furzes
Route – Lud Gate – Pupers Hill – Snowdon – Ryders Hill – Huntingdon Warren – Keble Martin Chapel – Huntingdon Cross – Western Wella Brook Clapper – Avon Reservoir – Grippers Hill – Water Oak Corner – Dean Burn Clapper – Cross Furzes
Distance – 8.5miles Start time – 9.45am Time taken – 4hrs 30mins Highest Point – Ryders Hill 515m
Weather – Started wet, but slowly cleared to sunshine and clouds
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As you can see it has been raining, but there’s brightness up on the moor, Snowdon is the dark looking hill in the distance, on the route today
One of the boundary marker stones in the area, think the A is for Ashburton. I’m heading left at the junction towards Lud Gate
Dark skies, but the sun is starting to break through, Snowdon again in the distance
Lots of foxgloves on route up here, as I head to Lud Gate
Lud Gate, literally
Lud Gate is in the trees on the right with South Hams getting a drenching beyond, I seemed to miss all of the rain after leaving the car.
This is whats heading towards me, sunshine in spells as I walk up to Pupers Hill
Pupers Hill, looking down to Grippers Hill, I’ll be there later
Pupers Hill, with Snowdon up on the left and Hameldown over on the right with Chinkwell and Honeybag tors
Same view as the last photo just from Snowdon now, unfortunately this Snowdon isn’t as spectacular as the Welsh one, the advantage however is the lack of queuing to see the summit
A dark brooding view to Redlake from Snowdon backed by Langcombe Hill
Snowdon to South Hams
The section between Snowdon and Ryders Hill is moderately moist. Dartmoor in June, by the time I got to Huntingdon I had damp socks and feet.
I’ve had a search on the internet without any luck, as to what this is. I’m guessing it is part of the re wetting of Dartmoor, not that the section around Ryders Hill needs it. However behind me is a slight dip leading to the River Mardle, so maybe it is to slow the water heading that way.
Ryders Hill trig point. Some say this is the high point of the south moor, however what is the south moor, surely its a line drawn along the B3212? In which case North Hessary Tor is higher. If its not that line where are they drawing it, as there isn’t another obvious natural boundary line running across the moor?
Petre stone, boundary stone and Ryders Hill trig. Snowdon on the left and Eastern White Barrow back right, with a small bump on top
Looking east towards Hameldown, Haytor and Rippon Tor
The walk to Huntingdon Warren, a bit boggy with lovely views all around
Redlake is lit up by the sun now
On Huntingdon Warren now with a view to Avon Reservoir, Grippers Hill on the left
Huntingdon Warren, Snowdon left and Pupers Hill right. More blue skies and white fluffy clouds now.
Huntingdon Warren, and the farm area. I’m heading down and left here and then handrailing that wall running left to right down the valley
Keble Martin Chapel. Eastern White Barrow at the back
And the cross on a single stone
Keble Martin with the tree from three photos above, Huntingdon Warren
Had to have a bit of a look on the internet to see what this was. Its a Wheal house from Huntingdon Mine, again Eastern White Barrow back left. The Western Wella Brook is on my right here and I’m heading for the River Avon at the bottom
Huntingdon Cross is reached first as I hit the River Avon
The Western Wella Brook Clapper (circa 2016) and the valley leading to Avon Reservoir, I’m heading that way next
And looking back, Huntingdon Warren on the right just catching some sunlight
Climbing up Grippers Hill and looking out along the Avon valley. Ugborough Beacon is far back right
A top of Grippers Hill which gives this glorious view east towards Hameldown, Chinkwell Tor and Rippon Tor. In fact there isn’t a better view of these tors than from this place. Just glorious. The white fluffy clouds above add to it.
Water Oak Corner and that view again behind
Now I’m all for liberal things, however when they are swinging in the breeze, walking towards me I’m at a loss. Yep they are completely naked (zoom in if you doubt me), apart from a rucksack, socks and boots. 4 of ’em and a dog, which I was grateful for as I could just stare at the dog and walk past. My name for them, racksacks, buttcracks and ball sacks walking group. Copyright is mine!!
Thankfully as I rounded Water Oak, normality resumed. Greenery and the view to Hameldown again
The route off Water Oak. Teignmouth in the distance and the sea
The path down from Water Oak leads to Dean Burn Clapper and the path opposite leads up to Cross Furzes and my car
Better view than the first few photos, sunshine now although Snowdon looks dark at this point. Another great walk and an area that I like giving good access to this part of the moor, rather than paying for parking at Shipley Bridge
26/06/2022 in 2022. Tags: Avon Reservoir and Dam, Cross Furzes parking, Dartmoor, Dartmoor 365, Dartmoor Walks, Dean Burn Clapper bridge, Grippers Hill, Huntingdon Cross, Huntingdon Warren, Keble Martin Chapel, Pupers Hill, Ryders Hill, Snowdon, Western Wella Brook Clapper Bridge