52 for 2021 Week 37 Dartmoor Photowalk over 2 Days
19 Sep 2021 11:07AM
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This weeks 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.
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.
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.
Sharpitor is a very rocky Tor but has very interesting rock formations.
This Crow posed for me nicely.
There were good views of Burrator Reservoir from Peek Hill.
On to Leather Tor which is massive and would need several hours exploring to do it justice.
We didnt 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.
Eventually we arrived at Leather Tor Farm (ruins), it seems that they were vacated to facilitate the construction of Burrator Reservoir.
From there it was just a short walk to the Bridge where we took a lunch break.
After Leather Tor Bridge we set off through Raddick Plantation destined for Black Tor Falls via the Devenport Leat.
The Aqueduct was our jump off point.
Once at Black Tor Falls I set up the Bronica SQ-Ai in the hopes of getting some Pano shots on Fuji Provia 100.
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)
After the Falls we headed up the Tor in search of its Logan Stone.
On this trip we did see ponies.
We then headed back to the cars as it was getting late for Jonathans 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.
From here we went up to the main Tor.
Once again the views were stunning from the high ground.
From Leeden Tor it is a fairly easy walk down to Ingra Tor.
Ingra Tor has what looks like a small quarry but it could well be a natural feature.
From here we went down to the old Railway.
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.
What appears to be a track peters out quickly on both sides.
Water also needs to get under the track.
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.
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).
Thats all for this week folks, as always comments welcome.