Tuesday, 21 May 2019

I found Ter Hill and my Dartmoor mojo.

I parked up at Combestone Tor with the plan of running out to Ter Hill.  On the way I visited Hooten Wheals (P12) where I stopped to remove my windproof.  Is was a beautiful day, but with a cold wind hence the windproof early on, but now it was hotting up.

Hexworthy Mines (Harveys Maps) or Hooten Wheals (OS)



I picked up a nice track which took me all the way to western most of the Ter Hill Crosses (P11).
Ter Hill Cross



From there I turned south picking up some sheep tracks which made the going easier.  It's very dry at moment on the moors and this made the going a little easier going to Ter Hill, I can imagine that it would be hard going in wetter conditions.  Although the summit of Ter Hill is a little disappointing it has a feeling of remoteness which I love about the south moor, and is different from the feeling I get when traversing the North Moor. From there I made my way to Naker's Hill, again not much to report here.  Then onwards down to Carter's Beam Picking a burnt area which must have been the site of the recent Dartmoor fires.  I wonder how they started.  I decided to run this burnt area as I thought I would offer some good running.  Wrong! The ground was very soft making the going very energy sapping.  I was soon at Carters Beam (Q10).

Cater's Beam




  Before running the small gully down to Fox Tor.  From Fox Tor I ran down into Sunshine Valley (Harvey's Maps) aptly named on this hot sunny day. Up Mount Misery and on Home via Few more crosses!
Sunny Valley



Mount Misery Cross


Ter Hill Cross


Skir Ford Cross


Co-ordinates in brackets eg (Q10) refer to squares in Dartmoor 365 by John Hayward

Saturday, 18 May 2019

The Dewerstone

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The Dewerstone (188)

It's not really about the Tor it's more about the views south to Plymouth and West and East into the valleys that make this place special.  A stiff walk up from Shaugh Bridge but well worth it with plenty of interest on the way.


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Saturday, 23 September 2017

I Forgot About Black Tor

Spent a nice night out on Black Tor at the end of May.  It was a lovely night out with an interesting sunset and an beautiful morning which had the potential for an amazing sunrise, however it didn't really materialise, it was stunning but not from a photographic point of view.

Black Tor

Black Tor Early Morning
Quick blast over the moors after work and I notice Tor Rocks (186) on the map at SX641 591 and thought I would go and take a look.  It turned out to be a beautiful little corner of the moors with a small quarry below and the charming Butter Brook to the north.  This ones not on the original list but have added it on.  After visiting continued north and planned on a return visit to Tristis Rock, but it turns out that this is not the best angle to approach from high ferns meant getting to the river was a challenge then the river was wider and deeper than anticipated.  The final decision to turn back was the look of the slope below Tristis Rock itself which looked like deep gorse and ferns! 

Tor Rocks - SX641 591


Thursday, 4 May 2017

Wacka Tor, Corringdon Ball and Piles Hill

I am back..... got to get this going again!

Out for a run on the moors took in two hilltops and one Tor that I haven't visited before, none of which are in the original list I was working to!!

Piles Hill

Three Barrows Trig

Wacka Tor


Saturday, 22 August 2015

Off to Fur Tor

Nice walk over to Fur Tor today visiting Kit Rocks, Cut Hill, Fur Tor and Flat Tor.

Kit Rocks

Fur Tor
Fur Tor

Flat Tor

View from Cut Hill





Thursday, 28 August 2014

Return to Watern Tor

Paid a return visit to Watern Tor the other day, wow I could spend some time up there it is truly stunning.  I thought I would share this photo, as I hope it shows what a beautiful tor it is.