52 for 2021 Week 28
18 Jul 2021 10:16AM
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This week we set off for a proper Dartmoor honey-pot, Haytor and Haytor Quarry but via Saddle Tor.
Just past Saddle Tor is a rocky outcrop close to Emsworthy Mire that I have seen named as Emsworthy Tor but it isnt marked on the map. It has a spectacular lone tree.
Haytor is a very distinctive Tor, rarely seen without people on it.
We set off up Saddle Tor from the South Car Park, a relatively easy ramble to the top.
The views on the way up are quite spectacular.
From the top of Saddle Tor you can see Haytor.
But that was for later, the first objective was the Emsworthy Tor tree which is between Saddle Tor and Holwell Tor.
Saddle Tor gives some really nice 360 degree views.
It also has some nice rock formations.
And a Dartmoor Letterbox (2 actually) so if you are a Dartmoor Letterboxer skip the next photo although youd have to be blind to miss these.
After Saddle Tor we headed for Emsworthy Tor and that tree.
On the way we passed some interesting rock formations.
As we approached Emsworthy Tor we saw evidence of the old Quarrying that was intensive in this area.
A popular subject of many a photographer (including Mrs Topsy).
And then there was that tree.
Not just a tree fest, Emsworthy Tor had its own rock formations worthy of pointing a camera at.
We turned our attention to Haytor Quarry, on the way saw this small pond (large puddle) with the view of Haytor in the background.
A Pony was grazing on the bank.
From here we picked up the old Quarry Tramway.
Which eventually took us to the main Quarry.
Haytor Quarry is worth a visit to spend some time there, there is so much to see we didnt really have enough time to get it all in (we will re-visit).
There are several old Quarrying artefacts there.
There was an abundance of wildlife in the quarry amongst the Lillypads.
So cute I shot it twice.
We left the Quarry via the main entrance and headed towards Haytor.
And saw these Sheep grazing.
Our way back to the car took in the main Tor that is Haytor.
And the view from the other side.
We were soon able to see the rest of our route back via Saddle Tor.
And we closed the ground quickly.
Saddle Tor still had a couple of surprises though, some nice rock formations that we had missed outbound.
And of course some Ponies.
Thats all for this week folks.