Geo-Trips :: Not quite Ten Tors on Dartmoor

Dartmoor

A walk from Near Widecombe, Tue, 13 May 2014 by David Smith

A seven mile walk which visited ten named tops on Dartmoor, but not all were named as tors. The walk was timed for the Tuesday after the Ten Tors expedition - why should young people have all the fun? - but there was no need for overnight camping, and the walk was rather shorter than the 35 or 45 or 55 miles of the weekend expedition

Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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SX7376 : Path to Top Tor from the north by David Smith
Path to Top Tor from the north
A well-used path from a car-park on the road to Widecombe from Harefoot Cross

SX7376 : Rocks on Top Tor by David Smith
Rocks on Top Tor

SX7375 : Pil Tor from the north by David Smith
Pil Tor from the north

SX7375 : Pil Tor with the tower of Widecombe church by David Smith
Pil Tor with the tower of Widecombe church
The church tower is just visible beyond the rocks

SX7376 : Hollow Tor by David Smith
Hollow Tor
A small outcrop of rock on the slopes of Top Tor which has been named as one of... more

SX7375 : Tunhill Rocks by David Smith
Tunhill Rocks
Tunhill Rocks overlooks the farmland which reaches into the moor at Tunhill and Blackslade

SX7375 : A hut circle at Tunhill Rocks by David Smith
A hut circle at Tunhill Rocks
Marked as a "Homestead" on the OS map, this is one of the numerous hut... more

SX7375 : Tunhill Rocks by David Smith
Tunhill Rocks

SX7375 : Part of a field system on Blackslade Down by David Smith
Part of a field system on Blackslade Down
Stones arranged to form the boundary of a prehistoric field system

SX7375 : Hollow way between prehistoric fields by David Smith
Hollow way between prehistoric fields
Part of the field system on Blackslade Down

SX7375 : Track across Blackslade Down by David Smith
Track across Blackslade Down
This long-established track crosses from near Widecombe to the road to Ashburton... more

SX7375 : The cairn on Wittaburrow by David Smith
The cairn on Wittaburrow
Looking south across the top of Wittaburrow

SX7375 : On Wittaburrow by David Smith
On Wittaburrow
One of the tops of Dartmoor which is not included in the list of tors

SX7375 : Walls of a modern enclosure on Blackslade Down by David Smith
Walls of a modern enclosure on Blackslade Down

SX7375 : A burial cist on Blackslade Down by David Smith
A burial cist on Blackslade Down
Pil Tor is on the skyline

SX7375 : Site of a small moorland fire on Blackslade Down by David Smith
Site of a small moorland fire on Blackslade Down
Beside the track across the Down, with Pil Tor on the skyline

SX7375 : Standing stone on Blackslade Down by David Smith
Standing stone on Blackslade Down
One of the standing stones on the Down, close to the cist [[[3976809]]] in the... more

SX7375 : Blackslade Ford by David Smith
Blackslade Ford

SX7375 : A modern arrangement of stones on Dartmoor by David Smith
A modern arrangement of stones on Dartmoor
Not a prehistoric pattern - just some modern people who enjoyed themselves and... more

SX7374 : Boundary stone near Blackslade Ford by David Smith
Boundary stone near Blackslade Ford
On one side is the letter A for Ashburton; the other has B for Buckland

SX7374 : Boundary stone near Dry Bridge by David Smith
Boundary stone near Dry Bridge
The OS map (1:25000) marks the area with the text BSs (Boundary Stones); how often... more

SX7474 : Path up the south side of Rippon Tor by David Smith
Path up the south side of Rippon Tor

SX7474 : Path up Rippon Tor from the south by David Smith
Path up Rippon Tor from the south

SX7475 : Nut Crackers on Rippon Tor by David Smith
Nut Crackers on Rippon Tor
Formerly there was a "Logan" stone (rocking) here, but it has... more

SX7475 : Nut Crackers on Rippon Tor by David Smith
Nut Crackers on Rippon Tor

SX7475 : The trig point  pillar on Rippon Tor by David Smith
The trig point pillar on Rippon Tor

SX7475 : Cairn and trig pillar on Rippon Tor by David Smith
Cairn and trig pillar on Rippon Tor

SX7475 : East from Rippon Tor by David Smith
East from Rippon Tor
From here you can see the estuary of the River Teign

SX7475 : Rippon Tor by David Smith
Rippon Tor

SX7475 : Towards Saddle Tor and Haytor Rocks from Rippon Tor by David Smith
Towards Saddle Tor and Haytor Rocks from Rippon Tor

SX7476 : At Hemsworthy Gate, looking east by David Smith
At Hemsworthy Gate, looking east
On the skyline are Haytor Rocks and Saddle Tor

SX7375 : Foales Arrishes by David Smith
Foales Arrishes
This area of enclosure takes its name from an innkeeper who grazed these fields;... more

SX7476 : The cattle grid at Hemsworthy Gate by David Smith
The cattle grid at Hemsworthy Gate
Haytor Rocks and Saddle Tor are on the skyline

SX7476 : Hemsworthy Gate signpost and Pil Tor by David Smith
Hemsworthy Gate signpost and Pil Tor
To the right of the sign, below the top of the tor, are the remains of the field... more

SX7476 : One of the gateposts of Hemsworthy Gate by David Smith
One of the gateposts of Hemsworthy Gate
There was once a gate at this road junction; the horizontal stone in the wall... more

SX7476 : Boundary stone at Hemsworthy Gate by David Smith
Boundary stone at Hemsworthy Gate
Showing A for Ashburton and B for Buckland

SX7476 : A prehistoric burial chamber at Hemsworthy Gate by David Smith
A prehistoric burial chamber at Hemsworthy Gate

SX7376 : Moorland and woodland near Harefoot Cross by David Smith
Moorland and woodland near Harefoot Cross
Beyond the woodland is the valley of the Becka Brook

SX7376 : Harefoot Cross by David Smith
Harefoot Cross

SX7377 : Road fork on Bonehill Down by David Smith
Road fork on Bonehill Down

SX7377 : Bonehill Rocks by David Smith
Bonehill Rocks

SX7377 : Track and stream at Bonehill Rocks by David Smith
Track and stream at Bonehill Rocks

SX7377 : The steep road to Bonehill by David Smith
The steep road to Bonehill

SX7377 : Bell Tor by David Smith
Bell Tor
A small tor on the southern flank of Chinkwell Tor [[SX7278]]

SX7377 : Bonehill Rocks from the slope of Bell Tor by David Smith
Bonehill Rocks from the slope of Bell Tor

SX7377 : Granite on Bell Tor by David Smith
Granite on Bell Tor

SX7278 : Granite outcrop on Chinkwell Tor by David Smith
Granite outcrop on Chinkwell Tor

SX7278 : Cairn on Chinkwell Tor by David Smith
Cairn on Chinkwell Tor
Chinkwell Tor has an elongated top; this cairn is at the northern end

SX7278 : Honeybag Tor from Chinkwell Tor by David Smith
Honeybag Tor from Chinkwell Tor
The path between the two tors drops to a saddle, crossed by a path at right angles.

SX7278 : Honeybag Tor by David Smith
Honeybag Tor

SX7278 : Outcrop on HoneybagTor by David Smith
Outcrop on HoneybagTor

SX7278 : Looking east from Honeybag Tor by David Smith
Looking east from Honeybag Tor
Haytor Rocks are on the skyline

SX7278 : Chinkwell Tor from Honeybag Tor by David Smith
Chinkwell Tor from Honeybag Tor

SX7278 : Woodland near Pitton by David Smith
Woodland near Pitton
Pitton is hidden in the valley, on the west of Honeybag and Chinkwell Tors. This... more

SX7278 : Hut circle on slope of Chinkwell Tor by David Smith
Hut circle on slope of Chinkwell Tor
This site is beside the carriage drive from Pitton to Bonehill Rocks

SX7278 : Bluebells in woodland on Chinkwell Tor by David Smith
Bluebells in woodland on Chinkwell Tor
A patch of woodland by the carriage drive with bluebells and moss-covered trees

SX7277 : Closing an old gateway by David Smith
Closing an old gateway
The left-hand gatepost in the stone wall is still visible, but the gateway has... more

SX7277 : The carriage drive on Chinkwell Tor by David Smith
The carriage drive on Chinkwell Tor
A long-established track on the western slope of the tor

SX7277 : The carriage drive on Chinkwell Tor (2) by David Smith
The carriage drive on Chinkwell Tor (2)
Here the drive passes a triangular area of moorland that is just outside the... more

SX7377 : Carriage drive below Bell Tor by David Smith
Carriage drive below Bell Tor
The carriage drive is an established track around the western slopes of Bell Tor,... more

SX7576 : Car park on Saddle Tor and Haytor Rocks by David Smith
Car park on Saddle Tor and Haytor Rocks

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