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Dartmoor Walk 15 Beardown Man via Lydford Tor

24 Apr 2022 9:39AM   Views : 449 Unique : 259

This week I finally went out to Beardown Man to see the great Menhir the weather was good for such a walk, clear with good clouds and not too hot. I went via Beardown Tors and Lydford Tor, out to Devilís Tor which is where the great Menhir stands. As this was a recce I just took my X-T2s, no film this trip.

Beardown Man, Devilís Tor in the background.

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Beardown Tors.

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Having parked at the car park at the top of the track at Holming Beam I set off down the hill to the footbridge that crosses the Cowsick River.

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There is a good view of the Cowsick Valley and Lydford Tor.

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Having crossed the river I headed up to Beardown Tors.

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You need to be careful and check the Military Firing Times on the MoD website;

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dartmoor-firing-programme

as most of this walk is inside the Range Danger Area therefore not accessible if the range is firing. There are red and white poles to let you know the edge of the danger area, here I am just about to cross into the danger area and head to Lydford Tor (the range was not active).

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From Beardown Tors there is a quite prominent track that leads up to Lydford Tor.

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Once I had reached the forward slopes of Lydford Tor I looked back towards Beardown Tors which are very prominent, one has a flagpole on it (far left of frame) and if the red flag is flying it means the range is active and you are not allowed to cross the danger area line.

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Lydford Tor is small but has some nice rock formations.

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Once past Lydford Tor there is a dry stone wall to cross before heading for Devilís Tor and the Beardown Man. Although the wall is fenced there are Stiles for easy crossing.

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Once over the wall looking back I could see the prominent Beardown Tors beyond Lydford Tor.

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Looking across the valley I could see Littaford and Longaford Tors plus Higher White Tor.

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It wasnít long before I could see the Southern edge of Devilís Tor.

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Keeping watch on the forward slopes were 3 Sheep.

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They were keeping a close eye on me but kindly posed for a photo.

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I cleared the forward slopes and got my first sight of the great Menhir beside the crest of Devil's Tor with Fur Tor in the distance.

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It stands about 9 feet high, I shot it from all angles.

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The top of Devilís Tor is very small, just the one rock formation.

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I went back to the more southern edge where the Sheep had been and had lunch. I was quite surprised to be able to see Haytor Rocks, Saddle Tor and Rippon Tor in the distance to the East.

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After lunch I set off back to the car park via Lydford Tor again enjoying the convenience of that Stile.

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I then aimed for Beardown Tors again but stayed on the lower slopes.

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From there it was a steady descent back to the footbridge, however, as I looked back I saw the weather turning and chasing me back.

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I managed to out run the weather and got to the footbridge well before any rain caught me, from here it was a short walk up the hill to the car park.

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

Tags: Dartmoor Photowalk Beardown Man Beardown Tors Lydford Tor Devil's Tor

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Comments

Imageryonly Avatar
Imageryonly Plus
3 203 11 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2022 1:48PM
Must have be a very pleasant walk with the Air as clear as that , The Moor
behaving itself for once.
I aimed to do this walk inthe '70's, but when I got there, the mist was so thick
I decided on prudence over valour and found a very nice Hostelry and had lunch Wink

David
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topsyrm Plus
12 28 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2022 4:21PM

Quote:Must have be a very pleasant walk with the Air as clear as that , The Moor
behaving itself for once.
I aimed to do this walk inthe '70's, but when I got there, the mist was so thick
I decided on prudence over valour and found a very nice Hostelry and had lunch Wink

David


It was like that last week when I was going to go so I went to Ditsworthy Warren House instead, not quite a Hostelry but I did have lunch out there.
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turpa6 2 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2022 5:03PM
It did indeed look a very pleasant walk, I like to see things that have been there for a very long time, and some of these stones like Menhir have been there a very long time. I think it makes the walk even more interesting. These are a lovely set of well taken pictures, i love the sheep on the rocks, and for once not shy! obviously didn't mind posing for the camera ha ha, the one taken of the stone walling and the stile is gorgeous! This walk is certainly worth trying if you are able. Grin
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CBumpkin 15 32 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2022 11:41PM
Thank you, this brings back memories of days spent hiking to parts of the moor that alas I can no longer reach. Tried the route you used, but fouind it too wet, so went via Conies Down and its tor instead.
Mike
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topsyrm Plus
12 28 United Kingdom
1 May 2022 8:47AM

Quote:Thank you, this brings back memories of days spent hiking to parts of the moor that alas I can no longer reach. Tried the route you used, but fouind it too wet, so went via Conies Down and its tor instead.
Mike


Thanks Mike, we've had a bit of a dry spell of late so the route wasn't too bad a bit wet between Lydford Tor ans Devil's Tor but nothing un-walkable, I wore gaiters just in case but I never went in above my boot line.
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