Dartmoor: In search of Chub Tor
|Footpath beside the disused railway|
|Footpath towards Hoo Meavy|
|Under a tunnel of the disused Launceston Branch line|
|Under the railway|
|Footpath to Hoo Meavy|
|West Devon Way sign|
I almost missed the small tunnel hidden in the bushes. I anticipated a wet muddy floor and stepped tentatively into the darkness, but the ground was firm, if a little slippery. I should note that once you leave the footpath, you are straying onto private land, but it is only a minor transgression, affecting nobodies privacy, disturbing no crops or livestock.
|Passageway back under the railway|
|Out the other side in Chubbtor Wood|
|First sight of Chub Tor|
The Ordnance Survey six-inch 1888-1913 map certainly refers to the location of the farm at SX 520659, and not an actual tor, but surely there must be something on this hill? Reading the book "The A to Z of Dartmoor Tors", Terry Bound does mention an outcrop near the top of the hill, close to the leat and the cottages, adding that it can be easily missed. As Terry's excellent book was not a pictorial one, and Ken Ringwood didn't even mention it, I've yet to see any photographic evidence supporting this. I would be taking a look myself later on my walk.
So, here is my unscientific, gut led two penneth on the subject;
This outcrop lies a couple of hundred metres north of Chubbtor Farm, but within Chubbtor Wood, and a few hundred metres north-west of Terry's positioning. Nearby is an old shaft, part of the disused Yeoland Consol Mine and whilst it is hidden away behind the railway embankment now, I'm assuming there was a time when the outcrop would have likely been prominent, especially to the early workers of the tin mine, which was first established in the 1600's. I think the building of the railway and the demise of the tin mine has led to its "disappearance" from the local consciousness in all but the names of the houses and the woods.
But hey, I could be way off! Time to go looking for the other site on top of the hill.
|The tunnel beside Chub Tor|
I progressed further south along the track to where another tunnel appears and a sign post indicates a footpath through it.
|Footpath to Roborough Down|
|Looking back to the tunnel|
I crossed the Plymouth Leat and reached a road. Taking it north, I eventually reached the Terry Bound coordinates for the tor. I wandered around, but all I saw was overgrown brambles and bracken. Were there a tor here, and it looked unlikely, it has long been hidden.
|Where Terry Bound puts Chub Tor at SX520661|