Dartmoor photos from across the National Park
This walk: 2015-7-22.
Hut circles, sundew, bog asphodel, cross-leaved heath/bog heather, bell heather,
common heather/ling, wedge and groove method, feather and tare method, Castle
Drogo, Shapley Tor, Hookney Tor, mining reservoir, West Coombe Farm, haymeadows,
Leapra Cross, pyramid orchid.
Walk details below
Information about the route etc.
Where we walked: Google Satellite view of the area - including the GPS track of the walk
(compare with the Ordnance Survey map plus track below)
Google & Bing maps side-by-side - but no GPS track
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"dragging" the map to see points of interest
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the screen, highlights their place on the map
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Previous walk in this area:
23rd September 2009 and
16th January 2013.
Massive hut circle, at SX 69771
Sundew flower head .....
Another view of the hut circle .
2nd hut circle at SX 69760 83061.
A 3rd hut circle with the other two
A lesson in the three heathers, all
flowering together today .....
Cross-leaved heath also called Bog heather,
Common heather or Ling,
More information on
Heather & Ling page
Clump of Bell heather .
Granite, SX 69880 82258, split by
both the wedge and groove method (soaking dry wooden wedges in grooves
overnight) and the feather and tare method (drill holes and insert feathers and
split apart by hammering a central tare) ......
The left (far) end has been split by
feather and tare, the nearer end (right half of the photo) has been split by the
wedge and groove method. Feather and tare came into use about 1800.
Moere information on Dartmoor
CAM's Splitting Granite page
Zoomed view to Castle Drogo - still
Shapley Tor, SX 699 821, elevation 480 metres (1574 feet) - from a kneeling
position, its that impressive - see the grass heads at the right!.
Hookney Tor (right), SX 698 812, elevation 497
metres (1630 feet). with a large cairn to the left.
Zoomed view, strange effect, possibly
due to the rain.
Dry stone wall.
In view of the bracken, it was best
to do what the notice says!
King Tor beyond, at SX 708 813.
Pond - a former mining reservoir which provided water to power waterwheels and process
tin ore for the East Vitifer mine; with Highland cattle .....
Zoomed view .....
"We're watching you!"
Just a gateway.
A sign along the way.
Bend in the approach to .....
Formerly the house of the mine captain of East Vitifer Mine.
West Coombe Farm .....
West Coombe Farm, this barn (left) was added over the pre-existing track and, it
is reputed that, the Mariners Way then ran through the barn. It may have been
that sailors could spend the night here before continuing their journey - a sort
of primitive bed and breakfast, or maybe "barn and breakfast"?
Amazingly dressed granite.
The Mariner's Way
part of the Two Moors Way (being Dartmoor and Exmoor).
Today's stalwarts, in a field after
West Coombe Farm.
Common Cat's Ear
..... with a fly.
A massive gatepost.
Slotted gatepost, origin of the 5-bar
gate, this has 5 holes to receive five wooden bars.
The path is on the Two Moors Way (Eastern Route),
also known as the Mariners
, by which sailors dropped off on one Devon coast would join a ship, or
look for one, on the other Devon coast, commonly Bideford - Dartmouth, a
distance of 70 miles. Busy in the 1500s (Tudor times) with wool and tobacco
trading and ship-building in Bideford .
Holes made by geese,. nibbled around
Bracken, possibly managed for
Approaching Moorgate Cottage,
formerly known as Leapra Farm .....
Leeper or Leapra Cross
now completely hidden in a hedge by Moor Gate Cottage .....
From its proportions, it is estimated that the
cross would have stood over six feet in height: each face has a raised Latin
cross (i.e. in relief), which is unusual on Dartmoor (not easily discernible
in some lights).
Awful image of a lovely Pyramid
, beside the main road
A fairly rare geological exposure showing the meeting of the Carboniferous era
granite that forms the up-welled dome that constitutes the hard upland of
Dartmoor (the horizontal rock at the top of the photograph) and the surrounding
metamorphic aureole or "country rock": in this area this
consists of Upper Carboniferous sandstones and slates and Lower Carboniferous slates, cherts,
limestones, sandstones and volcanics, all altered by the heat of the granite intrusion .....
An overview of the site.
MAP: Red = GPS satellite track of the walk.
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This walk was reached by driving north-east from
Postbridge, past the Warren House Inn, and finding the car park after 3.5 km, on
the left. It is marked by a truncated
symbol and a yellow cross on
Distance - 5.38 km / 3.34 miles.
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