Beardown Tors, Devil’s Tor and around the Cowsic

Back on Dartmoor this week having had a mixture of walking in different areas. We’d had some coastal and some Bodmin Moor recently and it was time to get back into the centre of Dartmoor. This is a walk around the Cowsic River, picking up the tors situated around the head of this river. The valley itself, holding the river, provides some lovely views along its length, none better than from Conies Down Tor. The walk down from South Devil’s Tor can be boggy, especially at this time of year, as the ground is fairly flat between that and Lydford Tor, but we easily managed to avoid the worst of it. Then there is the start of this walk, Black Dunghill is an uneventful place, a green lump of tussocky grass, surrounded by soft ground, this will be the case until you cross the Lych Way and start the climb to Conies Down Tor. The weather was glorious today with plenty of sunshine, although the wind was bitterly cold up at the high points, it was a weekend of ten tors training and we could see a few groups walking the trails back towards Holming Beam to their pickup points, it would have been a cold night for all these groups.

Start – Holming Beam

Route – Black Dunghill – Lych WayConies Down TorMaiden Hill – Cowsic Head – Beardown ManDevil’s TorSouth Devil’s TorLydford TorBeardown TorsCowsic Bridge – Holming Beam

Distance – 7 miles    Start time – 10.45am   Time taken – 4hrs 15mins Highest Point – Devil’s Tor 546 metres

Weather – Lots of sunshine, white fluffy clouds but cold

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Looking out from Holming Beam, the valley of the Cowsic is on the right, Cowsic Head is in the shade at the far end of the valley
Looking to the Princetown mast as we walk the tussocky ground to Black Dunghill
On Black Dunghill, looking across to the Beardown Tors on the right, Lydford Tor to the left, in the middle in the far distance is Higher White Tor
Looking the other way to Great Mis Tor
The dark looking White Tor, Cocks Hill is on the right in the shade
We are heading for the Lych Way now, the ground below is still tussocks, again Beardown Tors on the right, Lydford Tor is by the wall on the left. Higher White Tor is at the back
Glorious views from Conies Down Tor along the Cowsic River which is wriggling away towards Two Bridges
Heading up towards Maiden Hill now, at the back the mast at Princetown on the right
Maiden Hill with light and shade. Cut Hill at the back
Back into the tussocks as we walk towards Cowsic Head. The distance holds to high ground around Ryders Hill
Cowsic Head out along the valley
Having circled around Cowsic Head we reached Beardown Man, the second tallest menhir on the moor. Linda gives a bit of scale to it. Great Mis Tor is back right. Devil’s Tor is to the left here.
Looking east towards Rough Tor, the flat topped Hameldown is to the right of that, and further right is Rippon Tor
We are heading this way next towards South Devil’s Tor, pointy Longaford Tor is in sight
Beardown Man is left, Devil’s Tor is right and Fur Tor can be seen away in the distance
South Devil’s Tor, the valley above the tor is the West Dart holding the river of that name
Looking from South Devil’s Tor towards Great Mis Tor
On Lydford Tor now, the bridge over the Cowsic is down by the green triangle of grass with the paths leading away from it. Holming Beam is by the trees above holding the car park
The three Bearodwn Tors from Lydford Tor
The wall of rock on Beardown Tors
Looking towards the tor holding the army flagpole
Looking the other way, Linda on Beardown Tors, the West Dart river wriggling away behind. Crow Tor by the wall
Looking across the West Dart to Longaford Tor
Now by the army flagpole looking back to the north
The army flagpole, West Dart valley below and Hameldown in the distance
The bridge over the Cowsic. Lydford Tor up on the right, Maiden Hill is back left
Back at the start, the majority of the view in shade now, with Cowsic Head catching the sun at the back

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