Dartmoor: Yet another round of the Tors and Rocks near Burrator Reservoir
|Burrator Reservoir from Leather Tor|
In various forms and deviations, I've done this tramp four times. On those occasions it was the summer or autumn, but now the bracken was dormant, foliage in woodland was minimal, and it proved an ideal opportunity to take in what had been missed before.
So, we started the day meeting up at the Fox Tor Cafe. The party of four today were me, Sarah and Phil, and his friend Alex. Keen to show off some of the best of Dartmoor to his mate, this is why Phil chose to retread our old route, but this time we would do it in reverse to shake it up a bit.
Parking below Sharpitor, on the B3212, we were off over Leather, Lower Leather, down to the Devonport Leat, and the car park by the River Meavy. All fairly simple without the cover of bracken.
Then, up on the hill towards Down Tor, we side stepped to the missed outcrop I mentioned. Whilst I recall visiting Middleworth Tor in my distant pre-bagging, GPS tracking, Social Hiking days, when Phil and I did this route in reverse a couple of years ago we failed to see it for the vegetation.
Back then, we were descending from Little Down Tor with coordinates for Snappers that took us off to some large boulders on the edge of an old tin works. We accepted this must be the correct place, as we'd seen less significant outcrops in the past, but we now know that the grid reference was wrong and we should have kept on the path descending the ridge. So, what we later took for Middleworth, was in fact Snappers, and Middleworth was missed further down, shrouded from sight, by both the trees and our being too preoccupied.
|Snappers Tor - taken in August 2014|
|Little Down Tor|
|Hingston Hill (Down Tor) Stone Row|
|Outcrop in Rough Tor Plantation|
|The outcrops keep coming|
|Rough Tor (Burrator)|
|My favourite outcrop in the plantation|
|Burra Tor's highest outcrops|
|Lower outcrop of Claig Tor|