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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.

Tags:
Devon
Dartmoor
Quarry
Haytor
Landscape and travel

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