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52 for 2021 Week 26

4 Jul 2021 10:59AM   Views : 585 Unique : 339

Another Dartmoor ramble this week from Postbridge, through Bellever Forrest via Krapps Ring, on to Bellever Tor then Laughter Tor before returning via Bellever Tor and through the forest back to Postbridge. The weather was decidedly overcast, misty and damp.
The Clapper Bridge at Postbridge, (main road bridge behind).

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We parked at the Dartmoor National Park Visitor Centre at Postbridge (£2.00 for the day).

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The route out from the Car Park was through the forest via a narrow track which lead us out to Krapps Ring.

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Krapps Ring is the name for a clearing that I presume was in prehistoric times an enclosure but the walls are all but gone now.

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There were several smaller stone circles presumably old dwellings.

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Other evidence of earlier life was this stone row.

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There were some interesting trees in that clearing, this one appeared to have been struck by lightning at some point but it has survived.

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Once through the Krapps Ring clearing we crossed a stone wall and got out first view of Bellever Tor in the fog.

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As we climbed up towards the Tor we looked back to see a group of Pony Trekkers crossing the clearing.

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As we got closer we could see more detail including itís Trig Point (on the highest outcrop, the lower one is actually a tree).

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Bellever Tor is quite an interesting Tor with some curious rocky outcrops.

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Once at the top we could see our next leg to Laughter Tor.

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In order to get up to Laughter Tor we had to cross this stile.

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Once over the stile and onto the open Moor we could see our objective.

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It turned out to be more interesting once on the Tor.

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There is a stone enclosure on the South side of the Tor, it made a nice place to shelter from the wind for lunch.

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After lunch we set off back towards Bellever Tor, the mist/fog was clearing a little.

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This time we went straight through the middle bit of the Tor.

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Once over the crest we could see our way back to the car.

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Our route would take us through the main forest track which now we saw has signs to point the way and was obviously the popular way to go.

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Along the track there were several fallen trees that had pulled huge rocks up when the root plate lifted.

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We meandered our way back into the Hamlet of Postbridge which was decidedly quiet given the time of year.

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Of course along the way, particularly in the Krapps Ring clearing there were Ponies.

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Thatís all for this week folks.

Tags: Rambling Devon Dartmoor Bridges Postbridge

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