This walk: 2016-1-13. Cadover Bridge, Cadover Cross, River Plym, cairns, pool, reave, boundary stone, Cadworthy Tor, hut circle, Dewerstone Hill, inscriptions, Plessey factory, cairn cist, replica flint knife.
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)
The car park scene at Cadover bridge, at about 2 °C.
Cadover Cross(restored), note the circular trench dug around it by the soldiers who found it and re-erected it in 1873. It fell again in 1901 and was re-erected again in 1915. See the link for the full story.
River Plym flowing under Cadover Bridge; the road (right) leads out to Blackaton Cross.
Lucky he was there!
A worked flint found nearby some years ago.
The River Plym.
Part of a row of cairns, labelled 6-14, in the figure below ......
Figure from: Jeremy Butler, 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities, Vol. 3 - The South West, 1 - Wigford Down field system and cairns, and Dewerstone Hill (figs. 48.1, 1.1, 1.2, 2), pages 78-98.
One solitary Dartmoor pony, with seemingly no others for company.
Ring cairn, at SX 54700 64956 .....
From where it appears that the Eddystone lighthouse is visible!
Dew pond at the top of the hill.
Probably a recent field cairn?
Walking along the boundary reave labelled in the figure above, at right angles to the line of cairns mentioned also above.
Boundary stone at SX 54411 64546 .....
Marked "L" for Lopes.
Part of the outer defences of Dewerstone Hill.
Zoomed view to Cadworthy Tor, SX 5421 6418, also known as Oxen Tor or Oxon Tor, elevation 238 metres (780 feet) .....
Looking in the bracken for the hut circle in the figure below .....
One of the very few prehistoric fortifications on high moorland - no doubt due to it's promontory location: Jeremy Butler, 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities. Vol. 3 - The South West, 1 - Wigford Down field system and cairns, and Dewerstone Hill (figs. 48.1, 1.1, 1.2, 2), pages 78-98.
Believed hut circle in the Dewerstone Hill inner defences, at SX 53825 63984.
The inner defence wall.
As previous photograph.
Dewerstone Hill, SX 53775 63903, elevation 219 metres (708 feet) - there are several inscriptions on the rocks here .....
CARRINGTON - OBIT - SEPTEMBRIS MDCCCXXX (1830) .....in memory of Noel Carrington a local Dartmoor poet, and ......
Variously, W FORD, F WIDGER, F DODRIDGE
Possible Chinese proverb - Falling Leaves Return to Their Roots.
More defence wall.
Cadworthy Tor again
Light and shade.
RAF Hercules transport plane ..... serviced by my old HFT friend, Nurek, who was our guide in Poland ("Roadrunner UK" was my bulletin board name, because of the high mileages I used to drive to events in the UK and Germany) .....
A second plane.
Cairn cist at SX 54420 64424 ± 3 metres..... described by J. Butler (1994), Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities III, The South West. 48.1 Wighord Down field system and cairns, and Dewerstone Hill (figs. 48.1, 1.1, 1.2,2, pages 79-98 .....
Modern replica flint knife .....
MAP: Red = GPS satellite track of the walk.
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The walk can be accessed easily from Yelverton via Meavy or from Plympton by going past the Elfordleigh hotel. The large car park is a popular tourist (and locals) spot, the car park is at the yellow cross and P symbol on the map. There are also other approaches.
Distance - 5.71 km / 3.55 miles.