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Dartmoor Photowalk 30 Sourton Tors & Corn Ridge

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Dartmoor Photowalk 30 Sourton Tors & Corn Ridge

7 Aug 2022 9:33AM   Views : 443 Unique : 271

This week I was back on the North Moor heading for Lake Viaduct via Sourton Tors then on to Branscombeís Loaf before heading back to the car via Sourton Tors again. No film or Medium Format this week just the Fuji X-T2s.

Sourton Tors.

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Branscombeís Loaf.

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I parked on Prewley Moor near the Water Works, as I arrived Sourton Tors were shrouded in mist.

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The forecast was for it to clear around midday then sunshine and clouds (nice weather for landscape photography) so I set off up the hill. As I made my way up the slopes of Sourton Tors I could see the low cloud/mist across towards Black Tor, that mist hiding Yes Tor and High Willhays.

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In the distance I could see Meldon Reservoir, very low as a result of the recent dry spell.

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I wasnít alone in the mist, some Pony Trekkers were making their way up towards Corn Ridge.

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I got to the top quite quickly, the Trig Point is always a good starter shot.

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I didnít hang around long on top, I was headed for the Lake Viaduct hoping for some nice light through those clouds. As I made my way across to the viaduct I could see Sourton Village below the Tors.

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I reached the area that I had intended as my shooting location for the viaduct, the Heather is just starting to show through.

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I waited for that nice light (sunshine and clouds) but it never materialised so I got a tighter reference shot and will plan to go back when the light is better (maybe with the Bronica).

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I had originally intended to just shoot here then go back home but it was still well before lunchtime and the forecast was for better light later so I decided to go up Corn Ridge to Branscombeís Loaf, on the way up I shot this panorama of Gt Links and Arms Tors (still no sign of sunshine).

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As I was walking up to Branscombeís Loaf the mist did lift and the sunshine came but I had no subjects so I kept on going up until I reached the Cairns on top of Corn Ridge where you can see Branscombeís Loaf from, however, the mist rolled in again.

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Looking over Black Tor I saw that Yes Tor and High Willhays were once again shrouded in the mist.

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Although thick and wet, the mist did move quickly in and out, it cleared long enough for me to get a shot of Yes Tor with West Mill Tor in the distance.

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I decided to go back and explore Sourton Tors a bit more.

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There are some fantastic rock formations on Sourton Tors and they cover a large area of ground.

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Sheep wandered around the rocks using them for shelter in the damp mist, they have recently been shorn for the heat of summer.

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This was one of my favourite rock formations.

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I set off back to the car, one last shot looking up the hill as I headed down to the lower ground.

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

Tags: Landscape and travel Dartmoor Photowalk Sourton Tors Dartmoor Lake Viaduct Dartmoor Branscombe's Loaf Dartmoor

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Comments

Imageryonly Avatar
Imageryonly Plus
3 208 11 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2022 12:44PM
Pity the weather didn't co-operate this time, but always a good excuse to go back some time.
Not a area I visited, so very interesting Blog for me this week,

David
topsyrm Avatar
topsyrm Plus
12 28 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2022 12:47PM
Thanks David, as for the weather I have to take what I get on the day 👍
turpa6 Avatar
turpa6 2 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2022 5:16PM
With Dartmoor you can never really tell what weather you are going to get until your up there, it does change so quickly, but that is the beauty of Dartmoor, The shots are gorgeous of the mist rolling in, very dramatic i think, and like you say some really good rock formations, The views up Dartmoor can be breath taking at times, another great walk around some of Dartmoor!!Grin
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