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52 for 2021 Week 35 the Ten Commandments Stones

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52 for 2021 Week 35 the Ten Commandments Stones

5 Sep 2021 11:27AM   Views : 782 Unique : 496

This weekís Dartmoor jaunt took us to Rippon Tor in search of the ruined Nutcracker Logan Stone then on to Buckland Beacon to see the Ten Commandments Stones before moving on to Pil and Top Tors. Once again I was joined by Mrs T and we had a friend along for the walk, Jonathan.

Haytor Rocks and Saddle Tor from Rippon Tor.

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The Ten Commandments Stones

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We set off from the parking area below Rippon Tor at Hemsworthy Gate.

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The track is well used just go through the gate and keep going uphill.

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Rippon Tor itself has some very interesting rock formations and for most of the way we could see Haytor and Saddle Tor in the distance.

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We reached the location of the Nutcracker and could see the top stone was missing.

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Closer inspection revealed the displaced and broken top stone at the foot of the plinth.

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From here we set off to Buckland Beacon and the Ten Commandments Stones the path again very clear and well trodden.
View up.

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View back.

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We arrived at Buckland Beacon and found the stones easily.

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We had a lunch break sheltered by the rocks.

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We then set off back down towards Rippon Tor noticing some interesting features on the way.

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A left turn along the track would take us towards Pil Tor and Top Tor via a wooded valley initially.

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There was storm damage evident.

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Once through the Copse we found a relatively well used track, the Rowan Trees were not at their best.

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The track cleared away to a very well used path.

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The Heather was in full bloom as was the Gorse.

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We could see it across the way towards Rippon Tor.

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It wasnít long before we caught first sight of Pil Tor.

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An interesting rocky formation.

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There were Sheep grazing Pil Tor.

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Some of them quite good climbers.

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From here we went across to Top Tor.

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There are spectacular views from Top Tor which include Saddle Tor and Haytor Rocks.

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Also Rippon Tor.

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On the walk we did see some different livestock, specifically Highland Cattle that were quite content to pose for the cameras.

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And of course Ponies.

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On the way home we stopped at Dunnabridge Pound for a quick photo-op.

The Pound.

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The Cottages.

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And the Dunnabridge.

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Thatís all for this week folks.

Tags: Devon Landscape and travel Rippon tor Dartmoor Photowalk Ten Commandments Stones

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