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Dartmoor Photowalk 37 Trowlesworthy Tors plus.....

25 Sep 2022 9:32AM   Views : 327 Unique : 206

This week I decided to re-visit the South Moor and get out to those Tors I missed last week, Little and Great Trowlesworthy Tors. I also set my sights on Shell Top and Penn Beacon since I was in the area. The weather was much better this week, no rain and very little wind but the skies were bright and hazy looking South but a bit better looking North. Once again I had my Fuji GFX 50S along with my Fuji X-T2.

Little Trowlesworthy Tor.

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Great Trowlesworthy Tor.

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I parked on the South side of the River Plym just beside Brisworthy Burrows and set off along the track to Trowlesworthy Warren House.

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Just off the corner of the wooded outskirts of the farm there were some Settlements (they are a big feature in this area).

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I stayed on the track until it crossed the Leat just below the “Pillow Mounds”.

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On the way up there was more evidence of those Settlements.

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I made my way up to the top of the Pillow Mounds through more scattered remains of earlier life.

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This particular rock formation was interesting.

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It had some odd marks on it, no idea what from though.

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Before long I reached the top, there were some very interesting rock formations up there.

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From here I could see the next objective, Little Trowlesworthy Tor.

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Once up there I set about finding an artefact from earlier years (1820s I believe), it is reportedly a flagpole base that was carved out of a big granite rock intended for Devonport but never finished as the project was cancelled.

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It wasn’t long before I reached Great Trowlesworthy Tor, from here I could see the blight on the landscape that is the China Clay Works.

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I decided that I had enough time to press on to Shell Top and Penn Beacon so I made a B-Line for Shell Top (about 1 ˝ miles as the Crow flies). About a third of the way over I encountered some dry Spagnum Bog, if we hadn’t had the recent drought this would have been impassable.

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I picked my way carefully through it until I got to the worst of it.

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Despite the recent drought this was not crossable and it was blocking my direct route, time for a bit of back tracking and a detour around the Bog.

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Still heading for Shell Top, once I was back on firmer, higher ground I could relax a bit and take in the views, of that Clay Works. Sad It is huge, here you can see Plymouth and the Sound behind it.

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I reached Shell Top, it isn’t much to see but has splendid views from it’s summit. It was guarded by a lone Sheep.

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Unfortunately not all the views are splendid.

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It was now 12.30 so I decided to press on to Penn Beacon.

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Penn Beacon has a Trig Point and a rather ornate Cairn.

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I had lunch here looking out over Dendles Waste and Penn Moor.

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After lunch having now covered 4 miles (of an original estimate of 6 round trip) I decided to take an easier route back via the Leat which has a track running alongside it for most of the way.

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I came across a Boundary Stone (Plymouth/Lee Moor)

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From there I was heading for some Stone Rows/Circles, looking back to the Boundary Stone the clouds were now building, I thought I heard distant thunder.

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I found more Settlements along the way.

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I followed the Leat under the Trowlesworthy Tors which were being guarded by a Highland Cow.

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Having watched me for a while he (could be she) got bored and moved off, after one last look.

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I found the Stone Row/Circles.

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I continued to follow the Leat under the Trowlesworthy Tors.

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Along the way I saw more Settlements.

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I finally got back to the main bridge over the Leat on the track heading to Trowlesworthy Warren House, I could see last week’s Tor (Legis) in the distance.

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I had one final diversion to make as I approached Trowlesworthy Warren House, I didn’t fancy arguing with this guy and by now there was no way I’d be able to outrun him. I figured discretion to be the better part of valour so I gave him a wide berth.

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Once I got back to the car I changed my boots for wellies and went back to the river to shoot this bridge/waterfall. The river is very low at the moment so doable in wellies.

This shot is taken from the bank.

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This one (which I prefer) is taken from in the river.

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Total miles covered this trip were 7.53 all the detours had added about 1 ˝ miles to the originally planned route.

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

Tags: 52 Challenge Dartmoor Photowalk Trowlesworthy Tors Dartmoor Shell Top and Penn Beacon Dartmoor River Plym Dartmoor

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Imageryonly Avatar
Imageryonly Plus
3 208 11 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2022 5:46PM
I am exhausted GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin Once again many thanks for an interesting little stroll Wink albeit from my comfortable armchair.
Little has changed, but I do not remember the Clay Works, perhaps they were much smaller 50 years ago

David
topsyrm Avatar
topsyrm Plus
12 28 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2022 8:22AM

Quote:I am exhausted GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin Once again many thanks for an interesting little stroll Wink albeit from my comfortable armchair.
Little has changed, but I do not remember the Clay Works, perhaps they were much smaller 50 years ago

David


Thanks David, can't speak for 50 years ago but IMO the Clay Works are a big blight these days.
turpa6 Avatar
turpa6 2 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2022 4:23PM
It was quite a walk this week but an interesting one! so glad you didn't get swallowed up by that bog! not very pleasant i would have thought ha ha, but the pictures ar excellent i think, the cow could do with an hair cut Tongue The stone formations look very interesting, but the clay works are very much a blot on the landscape! Thanks for the interesting walk, i do look forward to them!Wink
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