Dartmoor: The Tors near Lee Moor
|Rich and I on Blackalder Tor|
With our trip around Ditsworthy Warren and a wildcamp complete, Matt (@hillplodder), Rich (@FlintyRich) and I jumped back in the car and started off to visit some more tors in the area before the bad weather set in. We stopped off at the quarry car park near Burrator first so Matthew could bag Claig Tor, then drove over to the village of Lee Moor for a short walk.
We needn't have worried about the weather, as it was turning into a gorgeous warm sunny day. Heading west out of the village on a bridleway, we were soon walking on a good path with an old oak woodland to our right. We immediately noticed the unnatural green hills behind, evidence of earth being dumped from the clay works to our north, but reclaimed by nature. It did make for an odd landscape.
Within the woodland, we spied a tor, which we took to be Blackalder. The steep slope off the track, and the density of the trees deterred us from trying to reach it, so we walked further to where the oaks were replaced by bracken, and the way seemed more achievable.
We all made it back to the path, and continued west to the village of Wotter. A short five minute spell of road walking before we hooked back up with a footpath that took us out on the moor again, in search of Collard Tor. We reached an obvious outcrop next to the path marked on the OS Map, but something didn't sit right with me.
I checked the coordinates on my phone, but it bared no resemblance to where the tor was marked AND where the path should be. Quite often, paths on OS maps across open moorland should not be taken literally, so we were almost ready to count this as a misplaced tor and move on, but as we had stopped for a rest, I took the opportunity to wander down the hill to see if there was something more substantial there.
|Collard Tor or not?|
|Collard Tor from above?|
The same path now turned north-east, it was a kilometre and half or more to Saddlesborough Trig Point. Our given grid reference for Luxton Tor, appeared wrong, so while I went to search those coordinates, Matt and Rich went straight for the obvious outcrop.
|Saddlesborough Trig Point|
I was soon back with them to confirm there was nothing of note where I had been, so another one to be adjusted on the Social Hiking Tors and Rocks of Dartmoor listings.
We returned on the path past Blackalder Tor, and made it back to the car in Lee Moor by 2pm. Whilst thoughts were now on the journey home, we still had time to nip out to a car park not half a kilometre away and quickly bag Whitehill Tor, by the roadside
From there, we returned to Yelverton, stopping off for an ice cream at Cadover Bridge enroute. I finally dropped Matt and Rich out at Yelverton to get the bus to Plymouth Railway Station. A successful weekend of tor bagging, with only one tor left behind; Little Hen, but that can wait for another time.