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Dartmoor Photowalk 34 The Langstone

4 Sep 2022 8:37AM   Views : 353 Unique : 231

This week I went looking for a Stone Circle, some old Settlements and a Standing Stone on Langstone Moor called, aptly, The Langstone. My walk took me past Boulters Tor then via Stephenís Grave to White Tor and over Petertavy Great Common to Langstone Moor. Unfortunately the skies were mostly clear and blue, not the best for landscape photography but as I have often said I have to take what I get on the day. Along with my X-T2 I took my Bronica SQ-Ai loaded with Provia 100F but for sure with the Post strikes I wonít get the scans in time for this blog.

The Langstone (White Tor in the background).

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Langstone Moor Stone Circle.

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I parked just outside of the village of Peter Tavy, the first part of the walk was up a really rocky track which by the way felt much worse on the way back, downhill after 6 miles of heavy going.

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Itís a Bridleway but doesnít look very inviting, perhaps the sign is indicative?

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On the way up to Boulters Tor I passed a small rocky outcrop that is called Little Combe Tor it overlooks Peter Tavy.

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I soon reached Boulters Tor which sits in, and is part of, a Newtake wall, there were a few Ponies grazing there so I had to include some.

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It is a small Tor but interesting as it is surrounded by Newtake, the clear blue skies cried out for panoramas.

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From here I went out towards Stephenís Grave which is just on the open Moor, there was Farming going on in the Newtakes, something I rarely see so I took a couple of shots.

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I went on past Stephenís Grave.

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Then turned up towards White Tor which is a much steeper climb than it looks.

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White Tor is a big long Tor with loads of interesting rock formations.

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It is also on the edge of one of the Military Firing Ranges so has a Lookout and Flag, as I approached the Lookout from the rear it was not obvious, you can just make out the chimney and a pole for a small flag (the main flag is higher up the Tor).

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As I got round to the front it was much more obvious, this Lookout was built to blend into the Tor and has its stable built onto it.

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From White Tor I headed over to The Langstone where I set up my Bronica to get shots of it on film, as I always do I replicated the film shots on digital to include here, as I said I am not expecting to get the scans back in time to be included.

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As I set off for the Stone Circle I looked back to The Langstone with White Tor in the distance (main flagpole now visible).

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The way over to the Stone Circle was through a bog which due to the recent drought was easily passable.

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Once at the Stone Circle I set up the Bronica again, here we can see Great Mis Tor behind the Stone Circle.

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From here I went to find the old Settlements which were not quite so obvious.

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I had 4 frames left in the Bronica so I decided to try a 4 shot Panorama of the Walkham Valley that I will stitch in Lightroom once I get the scans back, here is the digital version. On the left is Great Mis Tor on the right Great Staple and Roos Tors.

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I set off back pretty much the reverse of the way out except I didnít bother climbing White Tor again I just passed under it.

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On the way out I had noticed a dead tree beside a small rocky outcrop, the tree was almost bleached white so on the way back I stopped off to shoot it, I wished I had a longer lens but my bag was already very heavy with the Bronica kit.

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As I got to the bottom of the Bridleway I noticed these Sheep sheltering in the shade of a tree.

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

Tags: Landscape and travel 52 Challenge Dartmoor Photowalk The Langstone on Dartmoor Boulters and White Tors on Dartmoor

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turpa6 Avatar
turpa6 2 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2022 9:41PM
What a great set of pictures! I love the panoramas they are really lovely, The one with the sheep under the tree i think is really funny, and a great picture. Thanks again for the great set of pictures and yet another interesting walk across Dartmoor, I know a lot goes in to planning these walks but it is so worth it!Wink
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Imageryonly Plus
3 203 11 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2022 12:25AM
Very late on parade this week, been working on water conservation for the garden, for water storage during the winter months, the long, hot Summer has played havoc this year.
Enjoyed you tour from the comfort of my armchair SmileSmile lovely that this week you remained dry. Not an area I ever visited, so new vistas for me to admire.

David
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topsyrm Plus
12 28 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2022 9:38AM

Quote:Very late on parade this week, been working on water conservation for the garden, for water storage during the winter months, the long, hot Summer has played havoc this year.
Enjoyed you tour from the comfort of my armchair SmileSmile lovely that this week you remained dry. Not an area I ever visited, so new vistas for me to admire.

David


Thanks David, I do try to move around a bit. As for staying dry, I certainly didn't manage it on this week's walk which will be up tomorrow.
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