Monday, 12 February 2018

Bonehill Down in the snow

Chinkwell Tor

I've probably said this before but I love Bonehill Down! A decent elevation and amazing views with stupendous tors that can be achieved in an hour for little effort is great, as is the access from the multiple car parks below Bonehill Rocks. There had been a light dusting of snow this morning, time to check it out.

Bonehill Rocks are pretty appalling to me; loads of kids climbing the rocks and this is not the place to get a sense of feeling secluded. So I bagged it quickly!

I vow to return to explore it fully, not on my next visit, but the visit after: HERE.

Bonehill Rocks

Bonehill Rocks

White road

Bell Tor ascent

Bell Tor is a stunner. I love approaching from the north side where the tor acts as a ledge, but approaching from the south side reveals the tor's largest rock face.

Bell Tor

Bell Tor

Bell Tor wedged boulder

Bell Tor

We didn't summit now, though, as I spied Sharp Tor (Chinkwell). This is a large rock face that is rarely visited for it lies below the brow of the hill so not an obvious route to visit. But the snow made an obvious path and the bracken low so I couldn't dismiss it!

Sharp Tor Outliers

Sharp Tor

Then a short yomp to Chinkwell Tor, one of my most visited tors, where we were afforded more excellent views, especially of Hamel Down.

Chinkwell Tor

Chinkwell Tor

Chinkwell Tor

Chinkwell Tor south

No Honeybag Tor today, I'm afraid! Not enough time, so Bell Tor and back to the car was the only option. Good landscape seeing today.