Saturday, 15 June 2019

Dartmoor: Rowden Down in the mist

Millie on Rowden Tor

This was just a short stroll, on purpose, because it was misty for one and damp. I did get another new bag out of it, though: Rowden Rock, a tiny tor mentioned by Rob Naylor on his 'Dartefacts' website. It actually turned out to be a very enjoyable 0.85 miles!

After a very misty drive in, via Cold East Cross where visibility was to a few metres, we parked up near Rowden Cross, and made our way up to the previously visited Rowden Tor. For its size, this is a really good tor: on its east side are two plaques, dedicated to Jeffrey W. Malim and Mary Malim.

Mist on Rowden Down

Rowden Tor plaques

Jeffrey Wentworth Malim

Mary Malim

Rowden Tor

Rowden Tor

Rowden Tor

Rowden Tor

Rowden Tor

Rowden Tor

Rowden Tor

For Rowden Rock (do not confuse this with 'Rowdon' Rock), we headed north, over a deceptively large clitter field.

Rowden Tor

Leaving Rowden Tor

Rowden Down clitter

Rowden Down clitter

Rowden Rock is roughly the same height above the ground as the tor some 400m southward and is a conspicuous object given the dense clitter in between. Found at SX 69920 75895, it is going on my bagging list because it's worthy.

I would put these photos in a table form but I think they look better on a large screen.

Rowden Rock

Rowden Rock

Rowden Rock

Rowden Rock

Rowden Rock

Rowden Rock

Rowden Rock

Rowden Rock

Rowden Rock

From here, we followed the newtake wall south back to the car, where the mist thickened making for a tough journey homeward bound.

Mist near Rowden Cross

Mist near Rowden Cross

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