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52 for 2021 Week 30 The Miniscule Sausage Area

1 Aug 2021 11:23AM   Views : 320 Unique : 193

This week I was alone so I decided to try to find some bouldering areas on Dartmoor, The Miniscule Sausage Area and Cuckoo Rock. The Miniscule Sausage Area is not marked on the map, it is also known as Snappers Tor which is also not marked on the map. Whilst exploring I also wanted to take in the Down Tor Stone Rows and a couple of other locations which made the walk a rather convenient round trip.

Down Tor Stone Rows.

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I parked at Norsworthy Bridge on the end of Burrator Reservoir, it was quite full so I had to go to the overspill area.

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My route out was along a well marked track.

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It wasn’t long before I got my first glimpse of The Miniscule Sausage Area (MSA from here on).

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On the way up to the MSA I saw a Rock Stack that looked interesting.

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On further investigation it appears that this area is used for BBQs etc.

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Once I left this area I had to start bashing through chest high Bracken/Ferns, I was conscious of Ticks but had no choice if I wanted to get to my objectives. Fortunately though when I got home and checked I had not picked up any hitchhikers.

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It wasn’t long before I reached the MSA or Snappers Tor.

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In one of the crevices there was a memorial with recently laid flowers, perhaps some unfortunate climber had fallen here.

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Moving on towards Down Tor, more chest high Bracken/Ferns.

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They eventually cleared (for now) and opened up on “Little” Down Tor.

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Down Tor is a bigger Tor than it first looks and has many interesting rock formations as well as the obligatory lone tree.

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From the top of Down Tor I could see Combshead Tor and Cuckoo Rock in the far distance.

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But they would have to wait as my next target was the Down Tor Stone Rows.

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From the Stone Rows I turned my attention to Combshead Tor.

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Once up close I could see the many rock formations of the main Tor.

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As I moved around the Tor towards Cuckoo Rock the Bracken/Ferns started to reappear.

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I found Cuckoo Rock and decided to have a lunch stop here as it was quite sheltered from the cold winds.

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I moved off after lunch in search of some derelict Tinner’s Huts but the going was tough. I knew there must be an easy path as climbers used Cuckoo Rock but I couldn’t find it, just more Fern bashing.

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I found several “tracks” but they all seemed to peter out, I even found an old gateway but it led nowhere.

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Eventually after much Fern bashing I got out of them and when I looked back I could see the easy path that had eluded me on the downward trek (see Cuckoo Rock in the distance).

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But this had been my route.

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I went back to investigate and found the track came out at this gate.

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From the other side of the gate I could see the track up to Cuckoo Rock (the easy one that I couldn’t find from above).

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I set off back looking for the Tinner’s Huts, the going was decidedly easier from here on.

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The track eventually led me to the derelict Tinner’s Huts.

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I followed the track to my final target Middleworth Farm, a derelict farmhouse that was vacated to make way for the building of Burrator Reservoir, there are a few around the reservoir which I will visit another day but for now Middleworth.

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The best view of the building is from the right as you see it here but there was a group of people picnicking in front of it so I couldn’t shoot it on this trip.

I did go inside though.

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From here I headed back to the car but what Dartmoor ramble would be complete without Ponies?

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The way back was easy walking on a stone track which led straight back to the car park.

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The area behind the parking area was interesting in it’s own right and deserves a visit there is plenty to photograph within very easy reach of the car.

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That’s all for this week folks.

Tags: Devon Dartmoor Landscape and travel Exploring Derelicts

Comments


altitude50 17 21.7k United Kingdom
1 Aug 2021 11:56AM
Thank you for posting those. I only know the edges of Dartmoor and these bring the difficult to reach areas to life. Thanks.

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