Dartmoor: The Tors and Rocks out of Manaton
|Easdon Hill from Bowerman's Nose|
The weather was playing nice when we set off from the tiny village of Manaton, and visibility was pretty good. For anyone thinking of replicating our walk, or taking other routes in the area, Manaton has a large car park, which is a welcome surprise given the narrow lanes that need to be passed to reach it. Persevere with the roads, and you will not be disappointed. The village is spread out, with the church and village green being about a kilometre from the pub, but that doesn't detract from the fact it is a picturesque location to visit.
|Church at Manaton|
|View North-East from Manaton Rocks to Hunters Tor|
|View South-West from Manaton Rocks to Haytor Rocks|
|Boulders in the woodland below Manaton Rocks|
|Strange piles in a field near Barracott|
|Phil on Figgie Daniel|
|Rich seeks the shelter of Figgie Daniel|
|Colin on Easdon Hill|
|Off to Easdon Tor|
|Small tarn in the saddle between Easdon Hill and Tor|
|Best catalogue pose on Easdon Tor|
|Colin on an outcrop near Whooping Rock|
|The view from Whooping Rock|
|Whooping Rock (Logan Stone on top, to the right)|
Let us not forget that being alerted to this tor was also an endorsement of the power of Social Hiking!
I've since found out that this is actually known as Easdon South Tor.
|Leaning Rock Tor (as named by Dartefacts)|
|Leaning Rock Tor|
|Lane near Easdon Farm|
|Cripdon Down Tor|
|Looking to Haytor and Hound from Cripdon Down Tor|
The path from there is narrow, but well trodden to Bowerman's Nose.
This was my first visit to the nose, and yet it was so familiar thanks to countless images across all types of Dartmoor related media. The only aspect that surprised me was that it was larger than I expected.
|Hayne Down Tor|
|Hound Tor from Southcott Rocks|
We had one more tor to find today, and this one appeared, on the map, to be situated in the middle of the village. Not long after passing the pub, we got a pushover notification that we were in the proximity of Latchell Tor. I wasn't happy with that, as I couldn't see it, and we surmised that it must be out of reach, in someone's garden, a little like the Pugiestone. I hadn't given up yet, though, wandering a little further along the public right of way that seemed to be a driveway, and there in the woods we could just about see evidence of another substantial tor.