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topsyrm’s latest blog : 52 for 2021 week 41 ugborough and western beacons

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52 for 2021 Week 41 Ugborough and Western Beacons

17 Oct 2021 9:40AM  
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This week joined by Mrs T I went in search of Dartmoor’s southernmost Tor which some say is Ugborough Beacon but Western Beacon is almost as high and is further south. A quick Google finds both “Wikipedia” and “Tors of Dartmoor” listing Western Beacon as the southernmost hill (Wiki) Tor (Tors of Dartmoor). Furthering the confusion is that in the Dartmoor 365 Book by John Hayward he states that Ugborough Beacon is the southernmost Tor and that Western Beacon isn’t formally a Tor (but he does say that it is the southernmost hill) also in the Dartmoor Tors pocket guide by Janet and Ossie Palmer the Gazetteer of Dartmoor Tors only lists Ugborough Beacon. ??

Ugborough Beacon.

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Western Beacon.

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Our walk started below Western Beacon but I had seen a disused Quarry marked on the map so we went to have a look at that before setting off up Western Beacon. It turned out to be a lot less of a Quarry than I had expected.

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On the way to the “Quarry” we passed what appeared to be an old bridge long since disused/derelicted. Had we not got a long hike ahead of us I would have liked to go down to explore it but it will have to wait for another visit.

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We had more pressing matters (the beacons) so we went back to the Moor Gate and headed up Western Beacon.

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On the way up the first slopes we could see the rather quaint looking Mooraven Village.

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Western Beacon itself has been quarried but that isn’t evident from the map.

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It also has a rather odd group of rock piles on the Cairn.

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Once over Western Beacon we headed for Butterdon Hill which is also further south than Ugborough Beacon and is also known as Black Tor by some.

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The Stone Row points the way which takes you past the “Longstone” beside Black Pool (not the seaside town). This view looking back towards Western Beacon.

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On Butterdon Hill there is a Trig Point and from that point we could see across to Ugborough Beacon.

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But sadly looking to the West we could also see the scar of the Clayworks at Lee Mill.

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From here we could see Hangershell Rock, this was not on the original route plan but we decided to go over and have a look.

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Once at the Hangershell Rocks we took time out to have lunch in the lee of the rocks.

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From our lunch spot we could see across to Tristis Rock which is on my list of sites to visit but not for this trip, it sits on the opposite bank of the River Erme and needs to be approached from that side. Another day.

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As we moved away towards Ugborough Beacon looking back we could see all the way to Plymouth Sound.

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We made our way towards Ugborough Beacon.

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Passing Main Head which is the start of the spring/stream.

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Ugborough Beacon isn’t the biggest Tor I have visited but it does have some interesting rock formations.

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And some nice views.

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I spotted a Kestrel out looking for lunch, I managed to get a shot but I really don’t have the right kit for these kinds of shots (I’m a landscaper not a wildlifer).

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Anyway, it was now time to head off back to the car.

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On the way back we saw some curious things, this water hole seemed to be a natural drain for the rainwater into the stream below.

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We also passed this derelict building, not sure what it used to be though.

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Finally we got back to the Moor Gate and the car.

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We did see some Ponies on this trip though.

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That’s all for this week folks. As always, comments welcome.

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topsyrm’s latest blog : 52 for 2021 wk 40 aborted shoot and a new location

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52 for 2021 Wk 40 Aborted shoot and a new location

10 Oct 2021 9:41AM  
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This week once again I was alone, I went to Venford Falls to see if I could get some Autumn colour but due to the amount of rain we have had in the last few days the shoot was almost impossible and there was no Autumn colour anyway. After finally getting to the falls and aborting my intended Fujifilm GFX 50S Medium Format shoot I went back to the car for lunch before heading off to nearby Bench Tor to try to salvage the day.

Bench Tor Lone Tree.

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Venford Falls, I would normally be stood in the river towards the left edge of the shot but this day the water was too fierce.

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I had originally gone my normal route down the main track to a crossing point I have used several times, however, when I got there this time there was no way I could cross. Having scouted upriver trying to find a safe crossing point I went all the way back to the slacks where the river comes out of the treatment works fence where it was crossable with care.

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I then set off down the “track” on the North bank headed for the falls.

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The “track” was not the easiest of tracks and sometimes it descended into the river.

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The river was running deep and fast this shot is looking back the way I had just come.

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I had my concerns when I got to the falls, the “Twin Falls” had become Triplets. I would normally be down there with my GFX on a tripod trying to get the shot.

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I went down anyway but decided to shoot a couple of handhelds with my Fujifilm X-T2 as the falls were heavy with spray and there was no way to safely be in the river trying to set up a tripod.

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With all the dampness and high volume of water the brook had a Jurassic Park feel to it. This shot looks downstream from the falls.

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I decided to head back upstream to the car for some lunch.

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After lunch I changed from wellies to walking boots and set off for Bench Tor.

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The path was clear and it wasn’t long before I was on the high ground fighting the winds, the earlier rain showers had passed giving some clouds and sunshine.

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Although not a big Tor Bench Tor has some interesting rock formations.

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Also a lone tree, I’ve lost count of the number of Tors I’ve been up with a lone tree, still can’t resist photographing them though.

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There are good views from the top of Bench Tor, across over to Yar Tor, Sharp Tor, Corndon Down and Mel Tor in this instance.

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And across to Combshead Tor.

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The Dart Valley can be seen here as a deep Gorge running under the Tor.

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Looking back South West I could see the weather closing in so set off back to the car.

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That’s all for this week folks, sorry no Ponies again, I’ll try harder next week. As always, comments welcome.

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topsyrm’s latest blog : 52 for 2021 week 39 an old farm and older stones

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52 for 2021 Week 39 An old Farm and older Stones

3 Oct 2021 10:16AM  
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This week I was alone for various reasons, I re-visited some old haunts and found a new one. Ditsworthy Warren House was one of the first established and the last working Rabbit Farm on Dartmoor. It for many years served as a training feature for the military but its real claim to fame is that it was the location of the farm in the film War Horse.

Ditsworthy Warren House.

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During its MoD time it was maintained out of the Plymouth Naval Dockyard by apprentices.

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These shots are of the kennel compound where they kept their dogs which were used to keep predators at bay.

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On from Ditsworthy Warren House I went along the track towards Drizzlecombe to the stone row and Menhirs.

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I was following the cart track but as we have had some very heavy rain these last few days the track became washed out and very boggy. I could have waded my way through but this is supposed to be pleasure so I went round and found an easier path.

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First real sight of the smaller Menhir (about 8 or 9 feet).

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Once out of the bracken I could see the whole row and the big Menhir.

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The big Menhir is about 14-15 feet high and is an odd shape.

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Looking back from the top Menhir I could see the main stone row and in the distance the trees surrounding Ditsworthy Warren House, my way back to the car.

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After re-negotiating the bracken I got back on to the main track and before long I was looking at the back of Ditsworthy Warren House.

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On the way back I passed the head of Gutter Mire, looking down towards the old Scout Hut (now known as Gutter Tor Refuge) which is an outward bound type of building now which is used by both civilians and military to overnight.

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The track then led me under Gutter Tor.

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Once back at the car I decided to have some lunch before phase 2 of the walk whish was the search for Yellowmead Stone Circles which are reported to be the best example of concentric stone circles on Dartmoor (if not in the UK).
I set off to find them and as I was passing the Refuge some soldiers were setting out on a “Yomp”, we greeted each other and I remarked I thought my pack was big and heavy but then again I do have 50+ years on most of those lads.

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I wandered around in the area of the given Grid Ref looking for the circles which I was expecting to be spectacular, when I eventually found them I have to say I was a bit underwhelmed.

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They are much smaller than I had thought they might be and because the grass/reeds were high it was difficult to get a clear shot of their concentricity. I have seen photos of them on the internet and I now think they must have been shot using a Drone.

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As I made my way back to the car by a somewhat more direct route I saw the circles clearly (they are in the lower part of the shot in the second layer of foreground), if I had set out this way finding them would have been much easier. Once again better research would have made the task easier, it seems I will never learn.

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That’s all for this week folks, sorry no Ponies this time.
As always comments welcome.

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topsyrm’s latest blog : 52 for 2021 week 38 the devil’s frying pan

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52 for 2021 Week 38 The Devil’s Frying Pan

26 Sep 2021 10:57AM  
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This week, Mrs T and I, joined by our friend Jonathan, once again set off on our Dartmoor excursion which was was done again over 2 days but for a different reason. I took some shots during the first day’s recce and the weather was forecast for similar on Friday so I decided to go out with the Fujifilm GFX50S and the Bronica 6×6 film camera to get a couple of specific shots in a panorama aspect ratio this time alone. Great Mis Tor and it’s smaller sister Little Mis Tor sit on the edge of the military firing ranges but are outside the danger area. Great Mis Tor is indeed great (huge) and on it’s high point there is a range flag but also the “Mistor Pan” which is a rock basin also known as “The Devil’s Frying Pan”. Even after the long dry spell we have enjoyed the pan had water in it.

This story will concentrate on the first day where we explored the whole area of the Tors and found the Frying Pan, however, here are the 3 extra shots that I made on the second day which was a much more targeted walk.

The Devil’s Frying Pan.

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View to North West from The Devil’s Frying Pan.

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View from forward slope of Little Mis Tor overlooking Merrivale Quarry and Vixen Tor.

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We started again from 4 Winds Car Park, this is the site of an old school and the walls are still intact but very short. They still serve a purpose as these Sheep were using them to rub against.

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First sight of Little Mis Tor comes after a short walk.

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Little Mis Tor is a popular place for rock climbers.

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On from Little Mis Tor is the much larger (grander) Great Mis Tor, the slopes approaching the main Tor are covered in Clitter but it is reasonably spaced so finding a route through is easy.

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There is a large standing stone on the approach.

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Once on the main Tor we set about finding the Frying Pan. (Note to self, do your research better) if I had researched the Frying Pan better I would have been easier to locate, however. We scoured the many vast rock formations for almost an hour.

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Eventually we found the large rock that is The Devil’s Frying Pan, much closer to the flagpole than I had imagined.

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Having found our quarry we decided it was time for lunch.

After lunch we continued to explore the Tor there were loads of interesting rock formations to be photographed.

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This one I thought looked like the Devil’s Throne……….

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There were sheep in the rocks.

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This one was pretending to be a Mountain Goat.

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There were also Ponies amongst the rocks but sadly not close enough for a portrait this time.

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That’s all for this week folks, as always comments welcome.

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topsyrm’s latest blog : 52 for 2021 week 37 dartmoor photowalk over 2 days

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52 for 2021 Week 37 Dartmoor Photowalk over 2 Days

19 Sep 2021 11:07AM  
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This week’s Dartmoor excursion(s) was in 2 parts. They took us first to Sharpitor Leather Tor (inc Farm and Bridge) and Black Tor plus the Falls on Tuesday, we had intended to take in Leeden Tor and Ingra Tor but ran out of time so Mrs T and I went out again on Friday to finish the walk plus get some shots along the old Princetown Railway.

Ingra Tor.

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Leather Tor.

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On day 1 Mrs T and I were joined by our friend Jonathan, we set off from the car park below Leeden Tor out over Sharpitor on to Peek Hill.

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The views as always on the high moor were fantastic but today they were marred by haze and low cloud.
Leather Tor with Sheeps Tor in the distance.

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Sharpitor is a very rocky Tor but has very interesting rock formations.

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This Crow posed for me nicely.

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There were good views of Burrator Reservoir from Peek Hill.

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On to Leather Tor which is massive and would need several hours exploring to do it justice.

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We didn’t have the time for a full exploration as we were headed for the old Farm and Bridge. The way off Leather Tor was along a well marked path that seemed little used so we had to do a bit of Fern bashing to get through.

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Eventually we arrived at Leather Tor Farm (ruins), it seems that they were vacated to facilitate the construction of Burrator Reservoir.

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From there it was just a short walk to the Bridge where we took a lunch break.

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After Leather Tor Bridge we set off through Raddick Plantation destined for Black Tor Falls via the Devenport Leat.

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The Aqueduct was our jump off point.

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Once at Black Tor Falls I set up the Bronica SQ-Ai in the hopes of getting some Pano shots on Fuji Provia 100.

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I was looking for something like these (shot on the Fuji X-T2 as well as the film, film is not back from developing yet)

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After the Falls we headed up the Tor in search of it’s Logan Stone.

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On this trip we did see ponies.

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We then headed back to the cars as it was getting late for Jonathan’s drive back to Cornwall.

Mrs T and I decided to go back out on Friday to get the rest of the planned shots plus some interesting sights on the old Princetown Railway (now a Cycle Track/Footpath).

We started out from the same car park but went North up Leeden Tor through the settlements.

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From here we went up to the main Tor.

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Once again the views were stunning from the high ground.

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From Leeden Tor it is a fairly easy walk down to Ingra Tor.

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Ingra Tor has what looks like a small quarry but it could well be a natural feature.

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From here we went down to the old Railway.

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When it was a railway track, it would not have been easy to drive stock across therefore there seem to be bridges to facilitate this (since there is no discernible track to or away from this one.

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What appears to be a track peters out quickly on both sides.

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Water also needs to get under the track.

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It must have taken some engineering to build the railway track, there are plenty of areas where they had to either dig through or build up to keep a reasonably level track.

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Up towards Swelltor Quarries there is an old stopping point and you can see the old platform. There are several ruins in this area, presumably buildings for the many workers for the nearby Quarries (Swelltor and Foggintor).

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That’s all for this week folks, as always comments welcome.

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topsyrm’s latest blog : 52 for 2021 week 35 the ten commandments stones

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52 for 2021 Week 35 the Ten Commandments Stones

5 Sep 2021 11:27AM  
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This week’s Dartmoor jaunt took us to Rippon Tor in search of the ruined Nutcracker Logan Stone then on to Buckland Beacon to see the Ten Commandments Stones before moving on to Pil and Top Tors. Once again I was joined by Mrs T and we had a friend along for the walk, Jonathan.

Haytor Rocks and Saddle Tor from Rippon Tor.

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The Ten Commandments Stones

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We set off from the parking area below Rippon Tor at Hemsworthy Gate.

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The track is well used just go through the gate and keep going uphill.

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Rippon Tor itself has some very interesting rock formations and for most of the way we could see Haytor and Saddle Tor in the distance.

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We reached the location of the Nutcracker and could see the top stone was missing.

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Closer inspection revealed the displaced and broken top stone at the foot of the plinth.

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From here we set off to Buckland Beacon and the Ten Commandments Stones the path again very clear and well trodden.
View up.

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View back.

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We arrived at Buckland Beacon and found the stones easily.

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We had a lunch break sheltered by the rocks.

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We then set off back down towards Rippon Tor noticing some interesting features on the way.

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A left turn along the track would take us towards Pil Tor and Top Tor via a wooded valley initially.

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There was storm damage evident.

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Once through the Copse we found a relatively well used track, the Rowan Trees were not at their best.

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The track cleared away to a very well used path.

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The Heather was in full bloom as was the Gorse.

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We could see it across the way towards Rippon Tor.

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It wasn’t long before we caught first sight of Pil Tor.

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An interesting rocky formation.

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There were Sheep grazing Pil Tor.

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Some of them quite good climbers.

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From here we went across to Top Tor.

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There are spectacular views from Top Tor which include Saddle Tor and Haytor Rocks.

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Also Rippon Tor.

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On the walk we did see some different livestock, specifically Highland Cattle that were quite content to pose for the cameras.

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And of course Ponies.

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On the way home we stopped at Dunnabridge Pound for a quick photo-op.

The Pound.

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The Cottages.

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And the Dunnabridge.

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That’s all for this week folks.

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topsyrm’s latest blog : 52 for 2021 week 31 an experiment with film panos

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52 for 2021 Week 31 An Experiment with Film Panos

8 Aug 2021 10:17AM  
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This week accompanied by Mrs T I revisited the areas of the Miniscule Sausage Area (Snappers Tor) Down Tor and the Stone Row then went along to Combshead Tor. From there we followed the old settlements to the Tinner’s Huts at Deancombe before returning to the car via Middleworth Farm. On this trip I wanted to test a new setup I had fabricated for my Bronica SQ-Ai to do panoramic shots on 120 square film. I also took the opportunity to explore the rock formations on Down Tor a little more since last week I was more pushed for time having to navigate new ground.

Down Tor Rock Formations.

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PANO of The Miniscule Sausage Area (aka Snappers Tor) shot with the Bronica on Portra 400.

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We set off from the Norsworthy Bridge Car Park again.

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On the way up to The Miniscule Sausage Area (MSA) there were miniscule Mushrooms (to go with the miniscule Sausages).

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Further up towards Down Tor the rocks were littered with Sheep.

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There were some impressive rock formations on Down Tor.

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With a view back over the MSA on to Burrator Reservoir, we waited but no good light fell on the res so we moved on.

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Eventually we arrived at the Down Tor Stone Row where I had always intended to set up my Bronica to shoot a PANO of the row.
I have made a mask for the focussing screen so I can view the panorama as a PANO using just the middle section of the frame, I then use that middle section as my crop in Lightroom to make my final shot (I actually used a 40mm lens not the 50 in the photo).

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The Shot of the stone row Portra 400 (oh for some decent light!!).

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The original full frame square.

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The set up.

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A shot of me at work taken by Mrs T, I needed the elevation to get separation. I will revisit this location in search of better light.

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And here is the shot I was taking on the Fuji X-T2.

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Having lunched and waited in vain for good light we set off towards Combshead Tor and the settlements.

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Having negotiated the Clitter around Combshead and the Settlements

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We arrived at the Tinner’s Huts at Deancombe

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They are long since derelict and Mother Nature is reclaiming the land.

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The area has some impressive trees.

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Some are storm damaged but impressive none the less.

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I decided that this one was worth a shot on film so set up for a PANO.

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The original square frame.

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The PANO.

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This area has loads of potential but we needed to press on following directions on a rather convenient signpost.

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Middleworth Farm was our next stop and for sure it was getting a film shoot.

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So I set up again, photographed once more by Mrs T.

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The original square frame.

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The PANO.

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From Middleworth Farm we headed back to the Car Park, I had one more shot left so I went to the actual Norsworthy Bridge for that final shot.

Original square frame.

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The PANO.

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And just in case you thought I’d forgot, Ponies…………

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That’s all for this week folks.

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topsyrm’s latest blog : 52 for 2021 week 30 the miniscule sausage area

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52 for 2021 Week 30 The Miniscule Sausage Area

1 Aug 2021 11:23AM  
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This week I was alone so I decided to try to find some bouldering areas on Dartmoor, The Miniscule Sausage Area and Cuckoo Rock. The Miniscule Sausage Area is not marked on the map, it is also known as Snappers Tor which is also not marked on the map. Whilst exploring I also wanted to take in the Down Tor Stone Rows and a couple of other locations which made the walk a rather convenient round trip.

Down Tor Stone Rows.

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I parked at Norsworthy Bridge on the end of Burrator Reservoir, it was quite full so I had to go to the overspill area.

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My route out was along a well marked track.

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It wasn’t long before I got my first glimpse of The Miniscule Sausage Area (MSA from here on).

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On the way up to the MSA I saw a Rock Stack that looked interesting.

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On further investigation it appears that this area is used for BBQs etc.

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Once I left this area I had to start bashing through chest high Bracken/Ferns, I was conscious of Ticks but had no choice if I wanted to get to my objectives. Fortunately though when I got home and checked I had not picked up any hitchhikers.

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It wasn’t long before I reached the MSA or Snappers Tor.

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In one of the crevices there was a memorial with recently laid flowers, perhaps some unfortunate climber had fallen here.

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Moving on towards Down Tor, more chest high Bracken/Ferns.

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They eventually cleared (for now) and opened up on “Little” Down Tor.

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Down Tor is a bigger Tor than it first looks and has many interesting rock formations as well as the obligatory lone tree.

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From the top of Down Tor I could see Combshead Tor and Cuckoo Rock in the far distance.

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But they would have to wait as my next target was the Down Tor Stone Rows.

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From the Stone Rows I turned my attention to Combshead Tor.

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Once up close I could see the many rock formations of the main Tor.

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As I moved around the Tor towards Cuckoo Rock the Bracken/Ferns started to reappear.

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I found Cuckoo Rock and decided to have a lunch stop here as it was quite sheltered from the cold winds.

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I moved off after lunch in search of some derelict Tinner’s Huts but the going was tough. I knew there must be an easy path as climbers used Cuckoo Rock but I couldn’t find it, just more Fern bashing.

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I found several “tracks” but they all seemed to peter out, I even found an old gateway but it led nowhere.

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Eventually after much Fern bashing I got out of them and when I looked back I could see the easy path that had eluded me on the downward trek (see Cuckoo Rock in the distance).

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But this had been my route.

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I went back to investigate and found the track came out at this gate.

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From the other side of the gate I could see the track up to Cuckoo Rock (the easy one that I couldn’t find from above).

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I set off back looking for the Tinner’s Huts, the going was decidedly easier from here on.

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The track eventually led me to the derelict Tinner’s Huts.

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I followed the track to my final target Middleworth Farm, a derelict farmhouse that was vacated to make way for the building of Burrator Reservoir, there are a few around the reservoir which I will visit another day but for now Middleworth.

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The best view of the building is from the right as you see it here but there was a group of people picnicking in front of it so I couldn’t shoot it on this trip.

I did go inside though.

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From here I headed back to the car but what Dartmoor ramble would be complete without Ponies?

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The way back was easy walking on a stone track which led straight back to the car park.

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The area behind the parking area was interesting in it’s own right and deserves a visit there is plenty to photograph within very easy reach of the car.

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That’s all for this week folks.

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topsyrm’s latest blog : 52 for 2021 week 29

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52 for 2021 Week 29

25 Jul 2021 10:19AM  
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This week’s 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.

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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.

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We set off for the Stone Rows, Vixen and Pew Tor can be seen in the distance.

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From here we headed out to Kings Tor, Kings Tor has a lot of Clitter surrounding it and the route up was…… interesting.

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The Clitter was home to several birds, Wheatears mainly.

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Kings Tor itself had some interesting Rock Formations.

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As have many of the Dartmoor Tors Kings Tor has a lone tree.

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On this trip I was also carrying an old Yashica TLR loaded with Kodak Tri-X so I shot the tree on film.

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From Kings Tor we set off for Swelltor Quarries a proper hidden gem.

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But popular with Climbers.

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It has the remains of the old Mine Captains house still distinguishable.

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Swelltor Quarries are bigger than the map gives credit for with several “annexes”

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And a water feature.

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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.

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There were several groups of people BBQs Tents swimming the whole package for a hot summer’s day, it was difficult to find shots not full of people.

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Foggintor also has it’s ruined Captains house right next to the approach track.

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I took the opportunity to shoot it on film as well. Yashica and Tri-X.

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Foggintor had it’s share of birdlife, again mostly Wheatears (there were Stonechats but they wouldn’t pose for me).

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Oh and the ubiquitous Dartmoor Ponies were abundant.

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From here we wended our way back to the cars.

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The way back started easy along the Foggintor track.

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Once we passed Yellowmead Farm the going got a bit rougher.

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Water features were abundant as we crossed the rough ground.

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That’s all for this week folks.

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topsyrm’s latest blog : 52 for 2021 week 28

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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 isn’t marked on the map. It has a spectacular lone tree.

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Haytor is a very distinctive Tor, rarely seen without people on it.

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We set off up Saddle Tor from the South Car Park, a relatively easy ramble to the top.

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The views on the way up are quite spectacular.

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From the top of Saddle Tor you can see Haytor.

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But that was for later, the first objective was the Emsworthy Tor tree which is between Saddle Tor and Holwell Tor.

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Saddle Tor gives some really nice 360 degree views.

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It also has some nice rock formations.

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And a Dartmoor Letterbox (2 actually) so if you are a Dartmoor Letterboxer skip the next photo although you’d have to be blind to miss these.

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After Saddle Tor we headed for “Emsworthy Tor” and that tree.

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On the way we passed some interesting rock formations.

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As we approached “Emsworthy Tor” we saw evidence of the old Quarrying that was intensive in this area.

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A popular subject of many a photographer (including Mrs Topsy).

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And then there was that tree.

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Not just a tree fest, “Emsworthy Tor” had it’s own rock formations worthy of pointing a camera at.

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We turned our attention to Haytor Quarry, on the way saw this small pond (large puddle) with the view of Haytor in the background.

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A Pony was grazing on the bank.

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From here we picked up the old Quarry Tramway.

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Which eventually took us to the main Quarry.

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Haytor Quarry is worth a visit to spend some time there, there is so much to see we didn’t really have enough time to get it all in (we will re-visit).

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There are several old Quarrying artefacts there.

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There was an abundance of wildlife in the quarry amongst the Lillypads.

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And birds.

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So cute I shot it twice.

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We left the Quarry via the main entrance and headed towards Haytor.

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And saw these Sheep “grazing”.

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Our way back to the car took in the main Tor that is Haytor.

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And the view from the other side.

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We were soon able to see the rest of our route back via Saddle Tor.

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And we closed the ground quickly.

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Saddle Tor still had a couple of surprises though, some nice rock formations that we had missed outbound.

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And of course some Ponies.

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That’s all for this week folks.

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