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This walk: 2014-11-5. Leather Tor, Sharpitor, hut circles, Princetown, Hart Tor, Black Tor, Leeden Tor, Criptor, cist, Ingra Tor, quarry, crane bases, Ingra Tor Halt, Sweltor Quarry, King's Tor Quarry, Pew Tor, Routrundle. 

Walk details below - Information about the route etc.

Previous walk in this area: 25th February 2009 & 15th September 2010.

Most of the photographs were taken on a "recce" on 31st October.

 

Clearly there had been wet weather which is why we considered cancelling the walk the night before it took place!

Leather Tor (left) and Sharpitor (right), seen across the second, smaller car park .....

Sharpitor, SX 560 703, elevation 410 metres (1345 feet) .....

Leather Tor, SX 563 700, elevation 380 metres (1246 feet).

Round houses i.e. hut circles at SX 56157 71033, a little way up the slope from the car park .....

One of three hut circles, with the twp car parks showing.

A very large hut circle at SX 56222 71101, or is it a small enclosure? It is adjacent to an enclosure (see the map below) .....

Bronze Age round house (hut circle) now occupied again!

Another view, this is hut "4" in the diagram below ..... with hut "5" in the background .....


Image © J Butler 1994. Reproduced by kind permission (ref. 29 Sept. 2012).

The settlement is described by Jeremy Butler, 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities  Vol. 3 - The South West, 45.1 Leeden Tor South (fig. 45.1), pages 36-37.

Trees at Princetown (top left), Black Tor, SX 573 717, elevation 360m (1181 ft), visited 15th Apr. 2009 and 3rd Sep. 2014 (a small tor, centre of image) and Hart Tor (right), SX 581 720, elevation 390 metres (1279 feet), visited 20th Nov. 2008 and  7th Dec. 2011,

North Hesaary Tor showing both the tor and the TV transmitter building.

Approaching the rock piles at Leeden Tor, SX 563 718, elevation 389 metres (1276 feet), with Great Mis Tor behind .....

Leeden Tor .....

As previous photograph .....

Leeden Tor .....

This top stone is split in two places .....

Clear marks of the rock having been cut by the feather and tare method ..... (see video linked from this Burrator Day page) .....

Closer view of the marks.

The Leeden Tor camel formation .....

Another view .....

That pile over there is the part marked as Leeden Tor on the 1:25k map!

Another view.

More rocks .....

A fine example of horizontal "jointing" in weathered granite.

Looking from Leeden Tor to Ingra Tor .....

Zoomed view .....

Another version of lighting as the sun and cloud effects changed.

Looking back at Leeden Tor.

Looking across to Swelltor Quarry (Foggintor Quarry is behind this from here).

Centre - the waste heap from Fogintor Quarry .....

Swelltor Quarry.

Looking down on a bend in the old disused GWR track bed.

Criptor.

Centre - the capstone of Ingra Tor cist, at SX 55871 72084 3 metres ..... surrounded by a little disturbed cairn .....

Looking into the cist - actually not a lot to see from outside .....

Inside, this is quite a big cist as someone who got inside it once proved to us!

Another view .....



Image © J Butler 1994. Reproduced by kind permission (ref. 29 Sept. 2012).

The cairn and cist are described by Jeremy Butler, 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities  Vol. 3 - The South West, 45.16 - RIngra Tor cairn and cist (fig. 45.13),  page  51.

Not sure what this was .....

Is it Middle Staple Tor?

Ingra Tor, SX 555 721, elevation 339 metres (1112 feet) .....

As previous photograph .....

Bracken field on the western slope ..... a bit dense for walking through ....

Seen down the eastern slope .....

Looking down into Ingra Tor Quarry .....

Looking down on two old crane bases .....

Zoomed view.

Looking down on the entrance into the quarry .....

One of two circular crane bases in the quarry .....

Zoomed view .....

Looking down on the old Ingra Tor Halt area - the concrete was the base of a building, the platform was on the near side of the GWR line and has disappeared totally - there used to be a famous notice here warning walkers and their dogs about adders in the area .....

Looking into the quarry .....

The main quarry face .....

The two crane bases .....

The concrete base of the halt building .

A large pile of granite still waiting for a train to take it away?

Zoomed view looking into King's Tor quarry.

A cattle creep under the railway .....

Looking under the bridge with Great Mis Tor in the distance .....

An old sett from the earlier P&DR horse-drawn tramway used in the wall .....

The four holes drilled to take bolts to hold the bracket that held the rail - note the worn groove for the rasil now running vertically .....

The point where the GWR and P&DR trackes diverged (or came together).

Pew Tor.

Ingra Tor again .....

As previous photograph.

The point where we left the railway track and cut down to the bridle path going to Routrundle.

Ruined building along the bridle path .....

Ruins in a field beside the bridle path.

One of two Bronze Age enclosures now incorporated in the fields at Routrundle .....

A Google Earth image of the area - the enclosure in the previous photograph is the one towards the top of the image, with a round house inside it.

Routrundle now redeveloped compared the to the last time we walked by here .....

Another view.

Nameplate on a gate.

They can see the cars - they're all smiling!

The heifers in the car park were scratching themselves on the sharp headlight covers - I should have taken a movie!

Walk details

MAP: Red = GPS satellite track of the walk.




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This walk was reached via the B3212 from Yelverton/Dousland towards Princetown, with parking at the P symbol on the map, actually on the north side of the road.

Statistics
Distance - 4.42 km / 2.75 miles.
 

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