Dartmoor: The Tors of Hameldown and Challacombe Down
|Challacombe Hill and the Vitifer Tin Mine works|
|Birch Tor and Vitifer Tin Mine|
|Challacombe Down end stone|
|Gate to the Medieval Hamlet of Challacombe|
|Tree line to Hameldown Beacon|
Position confirmed, I returned to the tor, made a note of its reposition and continued on.
By now, time was getting on, I was cold and I was feeling it now. Conscious of the lack of daylight left, and not particularly relishing a drive back to Princetown on a rapidly freezing surface, I realised I wasn't going to bag all the notable rocks and tors on the ridge. It was a good job that this is a cracking route, and one I'll be back to enjoy when the days are longer!
I strode along the spine of the wide ridge, with a wonderful panorama to my right, of the Bonehill Down and Haytor Down area that I enjoyed with my fellow Social Hikers back in November.
|Bonehill Down panorama from Hameldown Ridge|
|Approaching Hameldown Beacon|
Broad Barrow was next, also known as a Dewey and Sub Hump called Hameldown, at 532 metres. The ice here had seen the sun, and was thin, so, on occasion, my footfall cracked the surface.
By now, the light was turning as the sun got lower and made for good viewing. However, the descent on the path down to Grimspound was slippery and still frost bound, thanks to its north face, and I had to concentrate.
|Grimspound and Hookney Tor|
|Shelter near Birch Tor|