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52 for 2021 Week 36 Mad Dogs and Englishmen

12 Sep 2021 11:12AM  
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This week’s Dartmoor jaunt took us to Watern Tor in search of the Thurlstones then on to Scorhill Circle. This week I was not joined by Mrs T but I did have a friend along for the walk, Jonathan.

Scorhill Circle.

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The Thurlstones.

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We started out from the car park at Batworthy Corner.

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Just before you reach the car park there is an old pound on the side of the road known as Round Pound, I thought as I had arrived a bit early I may as well walk back to it for a shot.

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As you can see from these early pictures the weather wasn’t the best for photography with clear blue skies and haze that comes with temps of 23 degrees. It was going to be a hard walk out to Watern Tor.

We headed out to the corner and picked up a convenient Quad Bike track that I had been told about by the local National Park Ranger (thanks Serina). It wasn’t long before we got out first real sight of Watern Tor through the haze.

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A closer look sees the steep climb up the wall to the Tor, no Everest but a straight 750m climb from the corner with the heat of the midday sun approaching 23 degrees.

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Looking back towards Batworthy Corner you can see how bland and wilderness like this area is.

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Once at the top of the climb we could see the top of the Tor a short walk away along the well trodden path.

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Watern Tor is a very impressive tor and well worth the effort to get to it. It has amazing rock formations including those famous Thurlstones.

Main Tor.

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The Thurlstones from an unusual angle.

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The more common angle for the Thurlstones.

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And from the other side.

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Some of the rock formations.

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After a lunch break on Watern Tor we headed back towards Batworthy corner, back down the long hill.

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Following the wall back we had to cross the North Teign River (as we had done on the outbound but I didn’t take any photos).

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Fortunately there is an easy crossing on the rocks with the metal fence as a handrail, this shot after crossing the river.

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Once clear of the river we found another Quad Bike track to take us back towards Batworthy Corner (or so we thought).

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We followed the track but it became evident that we were not on the same track as outbound, no problem though as it provided photo opportunities that we hadn’t had on the way out (it was a Photowalk after all).

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The whole way back we could see where we had been and those Thurlstones in the distance. By now there were some nice clouds forming that would prove useful for both photography and cooling the temperature a bit.

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We eventually found our original track and a left turn jump off point that took us down to the Clapper Bridges across the Teign and Wallabrook just below the Scorhill Circle.

Teign –e- Ver Clapper Bridge

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Wallabrook Clapper Bridge.

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From here we could still see Watern Tor in the distance.

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It was now only a short walk up the track to the Scorhill Circle.

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On the way back to the cars we set about to find a stone with a hole in it that is known as the Tolmen Stone, it is said to have healing powers and if you can bathe in it’s waters when they are coming through the hole in high waters it will heal all ills (or something like that). No such luck for us, this weather was not going to give high waters.

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The North Teign River was very low today.

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And on the very last leg of the walk…………………..

Ponies.

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That’s all for this week folks.

As always, comments are welcome.

Tags:
Dartmoor
Photowalk
Scorhill Circle
Watern Tor Thurlstones
Tolmen Stone

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