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Dartmoor Photowalk 3/23 Hound Tor- Smallcombe Rock

22 Jan 2023 10:11AM   Views : 113 Unique : 92

This week once again the weather was testing with below zero temperatures and strong winds but overcast hazy light. Hey-ho I decided to go over to Hound Tor and across Becka Brook to Smallcombe Rocks. I set off early but had a Plan B as there had been some snow in the night and I thought some of the untreated roads out to Hound Tor Car Park might have been un-driveable, as it was I got to the car park relatively easily.

Hound Tor in the afternoon light.

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The light was entirely different in the morning though very overcast.

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As I got over the top of Hound Tor I thought Haytor Rocks were worth a panorama shot, this is with the GFX 50S in 25x64 aspect ratio.

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What a difference the direction of light makes on Hound Tor.

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Along from here is Greator Rocks which are distinctive and can be seen from both sides of the Becka Brook valley.

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Having rounded the rocks I saw this Ice puddle in the track.

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It wasnít long before I was past them and heading down the Bridleway towards Becka Brook.

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The Bridleway down to the Brook passes through the woods and various gates (that are in need of some TLC).

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On the way down I could see the climb ahead of me to Hole Rock and Smallcombe Rocks which was my next objective.

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Eventually I reached the Brook and a small Clapper Bridge.

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Once up through the woods on the other side from the Bridleway I could see back to Greator Rocks and Hound Tor.

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I had my lunch up there whilst trying to shelter from the bitter cold winds, I got this hand held shot with my X-T2 before setting off back.

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As I made my way back down the Bridleway I thought how difficult it might be on Horseback.

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The Bridleway goes down through the woods and is very rocky plus this day it was a small stream in places, not overly Horse friendly.

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It winds its way through the woods.

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Eventually it comes to a small gulley and out on to the Clapper Bridge.

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From here itís uphill through the woods again and out on to the open track.

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Once at the top there is a good view of Hound Tor and the Medieval Settlement.

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From here it was back up the track to the top of Hound Tor then back to the car.

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Last shot of Hound Tor from the Car Park in the afternoon sun.

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

Tags: Landscape and travel Dartmoor Photowalk Hound Tor on Dartmoor Smallcombe Rocks Dartmoor Rocky Landscapes

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turpa6 1 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2023 9:53PM
In spite of how cold it was it did look an interesting walk, i do agree about the bridal path, it is in a terrible state, if i could ride a horse or pony i would not take them along that path, I do really like the Haytor Rocks pano you took, lovely really lovely, also Greator Rocks really stand out and are distinct. a very interesting shot, i like it, The other shot i like is Clapper bridge! The bridge looks like it has been there from the year dot!! Like i said a very interesting walk.WinkGrin

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