Dartmoor: Buckland Beacon and other rocks
It was bitter, up on Buckland Common, where we parked near Cold East Cross. Only a kilometre south across the open moor, we came to the beacon, with a wonderful view of the wooded valleys of the River Dart and beyond. We also found the Ten Commandments stones, difficult to read in the harsh light.
|The Ten Commandments|
|Outcrop above Welstor Rock|
On the road, we descended to Welstor Cross, where the trees of Ausewell Woods stood high in front of us. This is private woodland, but we didn't see any notices; It all seemed quite relaxed.
Were the area clear of trees, or access permitted, Ausewell Rocks (aka Hazel Tor) would rival some of the giants further north up on Haytor Down and would be very popular. Instead, the outcrops, of which there are three main ones, are shrouded in secrecy and little known.
Raven Rock was not a difficult find, being sandwiched between a higher and lower drive. What makes it tricky is taking a decent photo of it, and in that respect, I failed miserably, from above and below it.
|Above Raven Rock|
On our exit, we did come across a "Private Woodland - no public right of way" sign on a gate and a warning not to start fires.
We nipped back up to the lower outcrop we had spotted on the way down to the woods. This was the actual Welstor Rock and not the pretender we had first visited. A lovely tor with the highest pile being a natural granite bench overlooking Ausewell Woods. We took a break here, out of the wind and enjoyed the warm sun.