Dartmoor: Social Hiking Meet - Pt 2
|A yet to be named outcrop below Cox Tor|
So, why two parts? We were, essentially doing a figure of eight; first up we would retrace my route north, documented in my post The Tors East of Peter Tavy, and when back at the car park, venture south to visit the tors in the vicinity of the magnificent Pew Tor.
Contouring Cox Tor to an outcrop on the west side of the hill called, not surprisingly, Little Cox Tor, it was then down to Sharp Tor (Peter Tavy).
|Sharp Tor (Peter Tavy)|
Great Combe Tor is next, overlooking the Colly Brook valley, Peter Tavy sat to the west, Mary Tavy north-west, and Brent Tor obvious on the horizon. What a wonderful sight!
|Great Combe Tor|
|Dean crossing Colly Brook|
|Dean and Rich on Little Combe Tor|
|Phil and Jim on Little Boulters Tor|
|Smeardon Down Tor|
At the grave, there is an obvious bridleway. We followed it in the direction of Wedlake Farm, veering left of it slightly to visit the magnificent Wedlake Tor; my party were little impressed by its stature, as was I when I first bagged it.
|The unimpressive Wedlake Tor|
|Wedlake, feeding into Colly Brook|
|Lake in the saddle between Cox Tor and Staple Tors|
|Dean Read, Phil Sorrell and Rich Flint on Cox Tor|
Once there, mindful of a long journey back to London, I bailed on part two of the walk, along with Jim. Phil took up the leading reign, taking the rest south to see his beloved Pew Tor, and a few other baggable tors and rocks. Jim and I, disappointed to find the ice cream van in the car park didn't do coffee or teas, drove down to the Dartmoor Inn, Merivale, to satisfy my craving for a brew.
An hour or so later, they all returned, and we said our goodbyes. A very successful weekend. I was so pleased I decided to come despite my chest infection!
You can read the rest of Matthew's (@hillplodder) excellent account of the weekend; one that made my post all the more difficult to write;
- Falling in love with Dartmoor part 1: the introduction
- Falling in love with Dartmoor part 2: granite and funny names
- Falling in love with Dartmoor part 3: some strange behaviour