Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Dartmoor: Some Tors around the Roof of Devon - 2018

Yes Tor

This was going to be a 12km ramble, taking in new tors and revisits around the Roof of Devon, the highest land south of Black Mountain (703m) near the Wales/England border. It was forecast to be a lovely, sunny day and indeed it was, so where better to be than on Dartmoor?

Mum, Sam and I parked up at Rowtor car park to go and bag that tor. It is one Mum and I had been to before, but in the days where I didn't save my photographs as such so I was pleased to be revisiting. It's a good tor.

Rowtor

Rowtor

Rowtor

Across the Moor Brook, we now had to endure the steep ascent up to West Mill Tor, trying to avoid the clitter on what was, fortunately, quite a short climb. Another fantastic tor this, and I, as usual, was delighted to be revisiting.

West Mill Tor

West Mill Tor

West Mill Tor

West Mill Tor

Southward is Little Tor which is exactly what it says on the tin, a fine group of granite outcrops with wonderful horizontal jointing.

West Mill Tor from Little Tor

Little Tor

High Willhays, Hampster Tor and Yes Tor from Little Tor

Little Tor and West Mill Tor

Heading south we picked up the army track that crosses the Red-a-ven Brook, and seeing that a path heads up to Yes Tor from here, took it to see what it was like; steep, of course, but scenic!

Yes Tor

Yes Tor Trig Point

Yes Tor Trig Point

Yes Tor Cairn - highest cairn on the moor?

Yes Tor

The going was good now where Hampster Tor was the next goal, another grand collection of outcrops.

High Willhays from Hampster Tor

Hampster Tor with Yes Tor on the right

High Willhays was an easy stroll from here, the highest point in the south.

High Willhays Cairn Pile of Stones

High Willhays

High Willhays

High Willhays

We were heading into unexplored territory now to Fordsland Ledge, a small outcrop atop which are a couple of military firing range huts. The views of the West Okement Valley are stupendous.

Fordsland Ledge

Fordsland Ledge flagpole

Fordsland Ledge

It was a boggy trudge to Dinger Tor which despite being only a kilometre away took what felt like forever to reach, and I know I say that a lot, but it's true! Arriving we were not disappointed and decided it would be our lunch spot.

Dinger Tor

Dinger Tor

Dinger Tor

We started heading back in the direction of the car park now on another good military track, looking out for the point where the track is closest to Curtery Clitters so we could visit. The 'Clitters' are incorrectly marked on OS maps as being a 'bog'; this is not the case as the name refers to the large clitter south-west of it at SX 5915 8969.

Okehampton Parish Bound Stone on the right I presume?

Curtery Clitters looking to East Mill Tor

Curtery Clitters

Curtery Clitters

We dropped down to New Bridge to follow the track north back to the car park.

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