52 for 2021 Week 29
25 Jul 2021 10:19AM
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This weeks jaunt took in the Prehistoric Stone Rows at Merrivale then we climbed Kings Tor before moving on to the hidden jewel that is Swelltor Quarries before moving on to the more popular Foggintor Quarries.
We parked at the Rundlestone car park (the copse in the distance in the photo above) which is surrounded by trees that gave us some welcome shade given the day was one of the hottest so far this year.
We set off for the Stone Rows, Vixen and Pew Tor can be seen in the distance.
From here we headed out to Kings Tor, Kings Tor has a lot of Clitter surrounding it and the route up was interesting.
The Clitter was home to several birds, Wheatears mainly.
Kings Tor itself had some interesting Rock Formations.
As have many of the Dartmoor Tors Kings Tor has a lone tree.
On this trip I was also carrying an old Yashica TLR loaded with Kodak Tri-X so I shot the tree on film.
From Kings Tor we set off for Swelltor Quarries a proper hidden gem.
But popular with Climbers.
It has the remains of the old Mine Captains house still distinguishable.
Swelltor Quarries are bigger than the map gives credit for with several annexes
And a water feature.
From here we headed over to Foggintor Quarries which is a much more known of and popular spot with easy access from the car park nearer Princetown.
There were several groups of people BBQs Tents swimming the whole package for a hot summers day, it was difficult to find shots not full of people.
Foggintor also has its ruined Captains house right next to the approach track.
I took the opportunity to shoot it on film as well. Yashica and Tri-X.
Foggintor had its share of birdlife, again mostly Wheatears (there were Stonechats but they wouldnt pose for me).
Oh and the ubiquitous Dartmoor Ponies were abundant.
From here we wended our way back to the cars.
The way back started easy along the Foggintor track.
Once we passed Yellowmead Farm the going got a bit rougher.
Water features were abundant as we crossed the rough ground.
Thats all for this week folks.