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52 for 2021 Week 50 Fog, Fog and More Fog

19 Dec 2021 9:42AM   Views : 596 Unique : 365

This week Mrs T and I went to a small Tor on the far West of Dartmoor called Boulters Tor, it is just outside of Peter Tavy and has a Newtake wall built into it. After there we headed off past Stephens’ Grave up to White Tor. The weather was less than ideal with thick fog for most of the day but fortunately most of the route was on well defined tracks.

Boulters Tor (during a brief break in the fog).


White Tor (honest).


We parked just outside of Peter Tavy in a small car park that was in a cutting which looked like it had been a test site for quarrying but nature was reclaiming it. I chose not to park too close to the edge as the trees looked a bit precarious.


This one was rather interesting though.


As I said the fog was thick but the tracks were mostly well defined.


Further up at Boulters Tor it was a bit less track more a path but still easy to follow.


There is a second part to Boulters Tor which is a bit further North and is locally known as Twyste Rock.


The fog was being blown through sometimes on fairly strong winds and it gave us chance to see a bit farther.


It didn’t seem to bother the Ponies though.


It wasn’t long before we reached Stephens’ Grave.


The story goes that a young man called George Stephens who lived in nearby Peter Tavy around 300 years ago fell deeply in love with a young local girl, however, it seems she did not reciprocate his love so they never were together. Apparently, George was heartbroken and committed suicide by poisoning himself. Any death from suicide could not be buried in hallowed ground so George was buried on the edge of Dartmoor at this spot, hence Stephens’ Grave.


After Stephens’ Grave we set off up to White Tor, we ran out of track towards the top but the Tor is well defined so was easy to navigate. I just wished that the fog would lift so I could get some clear shots of the rock formations, sadly it wasn’t to be.



We set off back down to the car park, finding the track again quite easily Boulters Tor was still in the fog.


Near the car park I noticed this old Hawthorn Tree against the Newtake wall.


The drive home took us across Plasterdown where I stopped to get a shot of this stand of trees, it warrants another visit in better light.


That’s all for this week folks, hopefully next week we’ll get some better weather. As always comments welcome.

Tags: Landscape and travel Dartmoor Boulters Tor Stephens Grave Foggy Landscapes Dartmoor White Tor

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turpa6 2 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2021 5:06PM
There is no accounting for weather up on Dartmoor, it can be clear, then all of a sudden your surrounded by fog! very disorientating, but if you allow the weather to dictate you would never take your camera out! These pictures show just what it can be like on Dartmoor. a good set of pictures!!

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