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Dartmoor Photowalk 10/23 Yar and Corndon Tors

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Dartmoor Photowalk 10/23 Yar and Corndon Tors

12 Mar 2023 9:59AM   Views : 158 Unique : 122

This week I was hemmed in with bad weather to both the North and South with a gap across from Tavistock over towards Widecombe and Moretonhampstead so I decided to go over Yar and Corndon Tors hopefully in the better weather. I arrived at the Car Park below Sharp Tor in light drizzle but by the time I was kitted up for the walk the drizzle had stopped so and I was left with low cloud.

View from Yar Tor back to Sharp Tor.

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Looking the other direction Princetown was being Princetown with thick wet cloud hanging over it.

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Yar Tor is a very unassuming Tor when looked at from the roads but once you get on top it is much bigger than it looks and has loads of interesting rocky outcrops.

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One in particular looks very precariously balanced.

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After exploring Yar Tor I headed over to Corndon Tor I was looking on the way for “The Money Pit” it lies at the bottom of Yar Tor beside the road and is easy to find at this time of the year.

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Here looking back towards Sharp Tor.

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Across the road lies the Cave Penney Cross.

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From here I went up to Corndon Tor, again more dramatic than it looks from the road.

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I set off back to the car park via the Cross and through some old settlements, the remains of the dwellings are very distinctive.

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Sharp Tor from the car park, there was smoke from a fire beyond but I suspect it was a controlled burn for vegetation management (known as Swaling).

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Before I set off home I had one more thing to find, “The Coffin Stone” it is said that when people were carrying their dead to be buried they would rest half way up the hill and this stone is where they would place the coffins, again this time of year it is easy to find as it sits on the inside bend of the road up from the Dartmeet Car Park and is on a marked track.

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Looking across the road you can see how unassuming Yar Tor looks from a distance.

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That’s all for this week folks, as always comments welcome.

Tags: Rock formations Landscape and travel Dartmoor Photowalk Yar Tor Corndon Tor

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turpa6 1 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2023 5:11PM
A couple of interesting finds on Dartmoor again! The "coffin Stone" is interesting isn't it, you can understand why they used it to carry a coffin up to where they had to go must have been very tiring! Also the "Money Pit" i wonder why it was called that? It would be interesting to know. The settlements could be well seen, i am still amazed at how small they were. There are some really scenic shots, The one of Princetown getting a dousing is lovely. very moody, suits Princetown!! but all in all another successful walk i think.Wink

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