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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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topsyrm’s latest blog : 52 for 2021 week 25

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52 for 2021 Week 25

27 Jun 2021 11:01AM  
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This week saw Mrs T and me back on East Dartmoor around the Widecombe area, Specifically Bonehill Rocks, Chinkwell Tor and Honeybag Tor.
This was the view from our parking area.

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First stop was Bonehill Rocks which from the car park didn’t seem all that interesting but once up close we realised that there was more to these rocks than we first thought.

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As we left Bonehill Rocks we got our first look at Chinkwell Tor sitting behind Bell Tor.

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We didn’t go the obvious route straight ahead instead we followed a really boring stone track in search of some ancient Hut Circles that we never found, however, there was a great view of Widecombe Church in the distance.

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We ended up approaching Chinkwell Tor and Honeybag Tor from the West along a track that went between the 2. We decided to head for Honeybag as it looked the more interesting one.

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As we got closer we saw that it was bigger than we had first imagined.

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There were lots of interesting rock formations and some really nice views from this Tor.

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From the South East side you could see Hound Tor and Haytor in the far distance.

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After lunch we set off back South to Chinkwell Tor.

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This Tor turned out to have some amazing rock outcrops.

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Some we thought looked like petrified faces of men.

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There were also spectacular views from Chinkwell Tor.

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From here we set off back to the car.

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On the way back we saw (sorry folks no cute Ponies again) loads of birds, most so flitty I couldn’t photograph them but I did get these 2.

Wheatear.

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Yellowhammer.

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That’s all for this week folks, tune in next week for more Dartmoor ramblings.

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topsyrm’s latest blog : 52 for 2021 week 24

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52 for 2021 Week 24

20 Jun 2021 11:00AM  
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This week we visited one of Dartmoor’s most famous rock formations, Bowerman’s Nose. Although I have lived on the edge of Dartmoor for more than 30 years, this was the first time I have visited this famous landmark.

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Of course while we were there I explored the different angles.

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This is the first sight we got of the rock as we approached along the path.

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There were other rock formations along the way worthy of photographing.

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As we were parked below it we visited Hound Tor another honeypot location difficult to get without people all over it.

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Loads of interesting rock formations on Hound Tor.

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Sorry folks no cute Ponies this time but a rather twee cottage at the moorgate.

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topsyrm’s latest blog : 52 for 2021 week 19

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52 for 2021 Week 19

16 May 2021 9:16AM  
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This week we managed to get out on Dartmoor again despite poor weather. We went out on TUesday despite rain forecast and we were largely fortunate to miss the worst of it though sporadic showers did catch us from time to time.

Yar Tor.

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And that Pony.

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On the way to Yar Tor we spotted this lone tree fairly typical of Dartmoor.

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This was on the forward slope of the Tor and a little further up was these Lichen covered rocks the Lichen was a vibrant green.

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A little further up the hill we had these views, Yar Tor is much bigger than we first thought.

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From Yar Tor we headed across to Corndon Down where there is a memorial cross on the forward slope.

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From the cross you can see Sharp Tor.

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We headed up to Corndon Tor and I was horrified when I saw someone had stuffed their rubbish into the crack in the rocks.

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That is until I went up to retrieve it and found these………………. Blush

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We made our way back to Sharp Tor and stopped for lunch at an ancient Hut Circle that overlooked the Tor.

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Then up to the Tor and that rain we knew was coming.

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A couple of extras from the trip.

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