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Dartmoor Photowalk 23 Sourton and Shelstone Tors

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Dartmoor Photowalk 23 Sourton and Shelstone Tors

19 Jun 2022 9:30AM   Views : 308 Unique : 164

This week I was back on the North Moor at Sourton Tors plus Shelstone Tor on the West Okement Valley just South of Meldon Reservoir. Once again I had my Fuji GFX 50S along as well as my X-T2 for the shots on the move. I have not been to Shelstone Tor before, it isnít a very big one but like many Tors on Dartmoor it has a ďLone TreeĒ.

Shelstone Tor.

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Sourton Tors on the other hand is a big set of Tors with its own Trig Point.

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I parked on Prewley Moor and set off up to a track junction where I needed to go left or right, Shelstone or Sourton first. On the way up I was already noticing just off the track, that indicator of wet ground, Cottongrass.

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Sourton to the right?

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Or Shelstone to the left?

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I decided to go left. I have been up Sourton Tors before but I have never been to Shelstone Tor although I have seen it from the other side of the river (last week) so I knew it to be a very rocky Tor with the potential for a great shot up the West Okement Valley.

As I walked over to Shelstone Tor I had some good views of Yes Tor and High Willhays with Shelstone and Black Tors in the foreground.

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Once I got to the top of the Tor I found out just how rocky it was and wherever it wasnít rocky it was boggy.

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I found a spot with a good view up the valley so I set up the GFX for a panorama.

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The shot.

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Although a small Tor there are quite a few interesting rock formations on Shelstone.

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And it does have that Lone Tree.

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I had lunch before heading off over to Sourton Tors, again there were some good views as I made my way across keeping to the high ground.

Near ground is Corn Ridge and Sourton Tors, far ground is Great Links Tor, Arms Tor and Brat Tor.

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There is also a good view of Meldon Dam.

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Once I reached Sourton Tors I explored for a while, there is a lot to see up there and it is probably worth a trip just to there in order to do it justice, another day maybe.

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It is very steep sided, I tried not to lose elevation unless I knew for sure I wouldnít need to regain it.

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Since Sourton Tors is on the very edge of Dartmoor there are good views of the small village of Sourton.

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Thatís all for this week folks, as always, comments welcome.

Tags: Dartmoor Photowalk Sourton Tors Dartmoor Shelstone Tor Dartmoor West Okement Valley Dartmoor

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Comments


20 Jun 2022 10:08AM
Sourton Tor I remember well, even after all these years, I recall the strain on the legs coming down, trying not to pick up speed SmileSmile
Somewhere in my negatives I have an almost identical shot to your last, taken with the Yashica Minister D if my memory doesn't fail me.
Another lovely day out,
Thanks
David
topsyrm Plus
12 28 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2022 10:37AM

Quote:Sourton Tor I remember well, even after all these years, I recall the strain on the legs coming down, trying not to pick up speed SmileSmile
Somewhere in my negatives I have an almost identical shot to your last, taken with the Yashica Minister D if my memory doesn't fail me.
Another lovely day out,
Thanks
David


Thanks David 👍
turpa6 1 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2022 4:45PM
Again some lovely shots! I love the lone tree one with the valley behind it, it was a lovely day by the looks of it. Some great rock formations also. Sourton Tor does look a very steep Tor, but once up there well worth the tired legs i should imagine. Grin Tongue

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