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Dartmoor Photowalk 44 Norsworthy to Combshead Tor

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Dartmoor Photowalk 44 Norsworthy to Combshead Tor

13 Nov 2022 10:15AM   Views : 172 Unique : 111

This week heavy rain was forecast to the North of Tavistock and South towards Lee Moor to Ashburton with a “gap” around the Burrator Reservoir area and East across to Holne so I decided to head into that gap and go over from Norsworthy Bridge via Snappers Tor (The Miniscule Sausage Area), over Down Tor to the Stone Row then Combshead Tor.

Down Tor Stone Row.

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Norsworthy Bridge.

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I have walked this route many times it starts at the Norsworthy Bridge Car Park, there had been a lot of rain in the last couple of days so the rivers were up including this brook that feeds Burrator Reservoir.

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From the car park I headed out towards Snappers Tor passing a rock stack that is often used for BBQs/parties, it is hard to get a shot without that overhanging tree.

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This is the offending but rather splendid tree.

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From here it is a short walk up to Snappers Tor aka The Miniscule Sausage Area.

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After Snappers Tor I headed for Down Tor.

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As I made my way up the Tor I looked back across to the reservoir, it was starting to get a bit cloudy.

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On Down Tor I was looking for a tree that I photographed last year, at the time I thought it was dead. This is the shot from last year.

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This is the shot from this week, I think it is definitely dead and last year’s shot is the best I will get.

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The wind was howling so I decided to go around the Northern side of the Tor rather than over the top. As I made my way around the lee side I was keeping an eye on the weather to the North, it wasn’t looking at all good.

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I could also hear some distant thunder so I headed up into the rocks to wait out the approaching storm, it was about time for lunch anyway.

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Just as I was having my lunch the storm hit me, thunder but thankfully no lightning this week.

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It passed in about 15 minutes heading on its way Northeast only slightly South of where the forecast had it. From my shelter I could see Combshead Tor and Cuckoo Rock enjoying better weather.

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Once I was clear of the storm I set off for the Stone Row, I think this is one of the best on Dartmoor and I never tire of photographing it.

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I think this is its best side.

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I packed away my tripod and set off for Combshead Tor.

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At Combshead Tor I could feel the weather getting colder and damper, I thought more rain was on the way, it was getting darker and the clouds were building so I decided to head for the car.

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As I was heading back to Down Tor it became a bit of a race against the weather, I could see in the distance rain clouds and the wind was in my face and brutal. I was heading towards the rain that was heading towards me. I paused briefly again at Snappers Tor in the lee while a short squall passed over us.

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I then made all haste to the car park, just as I got there the rain joined me and some more thunder. I felt fortunate that I was back at the car relatively dry.

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

Tags: Landscape and travel Norsworthy bridge Dartmoor Photowalk Down Tor Stone Row Combshead Tor

Comments


turpa6 1 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2022 4:54PM
The weather hasn't been kind to you at all just lately as it? 10/10 for effort and getting some good shots into the bargain! at least your getting out there! What an excellent stone row! Like you say you don't get tired of photographing it, so thanks again for another walk over the moors.Grin
19 Nov 2022 11:10AM
Bracing, I would comment WinkWinkWink I vaguely remember this stretch, but I must have done it in reverse, as I remember looking forward to the end Of the Stone Row and thinking " Not far to the car , "

David
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11 28 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2022 11:25AM

Quote:Bracing, I would comment WinkWinkWink I vaguely remember this stretch, but I must have done it in reverse, as I remember looking forward to the end Of the Stone Row and thinking " Not far to the car , "

David


Thanks David, it was indeed bracing.

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