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This walk: 2012-2-16. Ruins of Narrator Farm, lichen, Narra Tor, Down Tor, Burrator Reservoir, Sharpitor, Leather Tor, Sheepstor Warren House, rabbit bury, rock pan, Maiden Tor, Joey's Lane, corn ditch wall.

Walk details below - Information about the route etc.

This walk was a repeat of the walk done the preceding day, 15 Feb. 2012 - see that page for more photos.


Ruins of Narrator Farm .....


Overview of the track up from the road.


Unidentified lichen, with two stalked fruiting bodies.


Looking up at Narra Tor, above Narrator Farm, SX 56694 68392 ± 2 metres, elevation by GPS 361 metres ± 2 metres (1184 ± 6 feet).


Sideview of Narra Tor, showing the false summit .....


View from Narra Tor false summit to Down Tor .....


View from the summit showing Sharpitor at left with Leather Tor nearby, Burrator Reservoir, Croft's Plantation left of Leather Tor, Stanlake Plantation (centre), Raddick Plantation (far right) and Crazywell Pool (extreme top right).


Burrator Reservoir from somewhere between Narra Tor and Sheep's Tor.


Looking down on Beechcroft Plantation with the "island" projecting out into the reservoir .....


Zoomed view to the "island".


Sharpitor (left) and Leather Tor (right).


Rock seen in passing to the south of Sheep's Tor.


Part of the Sheepstor Warren House complex, SX 56447 68035, click the image to see a larger version .....


Sheepstor Warren House .....


Sheepstor Warren House .....


Part of the Sheepstor Warren House complex.


Nearby rabbit bury, part of the rabbit warren.


Rock formation with summit rock pans, SX 56287 68128, .....


Side view of the rock pans.


As previous photo.


Maiden Tor, SX 56220 68105, elevation by GPS 299 ± 3 metres (981 ± 10 feet) ..... a minor tor on the south-west flank of Sheep's Tor .....


Maiden Tor, side view .....


Maiden Tor.


End of Joey's Lane, an old packhorse route (with a passing place half-way along) between the walls of enclosures, Source: Eric Hemery, High Dartmoor, page 160.


Gateway into the now-afforested enclosure where the wall can be seen to be of corn ditch construction .....


The other side of the gateway. Corn ditches originate from the time when Dartmoor was a royal hunting area and there was a need to keep the King’s deer out of the cultivated land. A stone revetted wall and external ditch faced onto the open moor which deterred deer and other animals from jumping over, whilst the sloping grassy bank on the inner face allowed those animals which had entered to exit again without difficulty. Source:


Sea King helicopter fitted with anti-submarine radar .....


As previous photo: the faster moving outboard rotor ends are more blurred than the slower moving inboard ends.


Tree at the ruins of Narrator Farm.


Walk details

MAP: Red = GPS satellite track of the walk.

Ordnance Survey © Crown copyright 2005. All rights reserved. Licence number 100047373.
Also, Copyright © 2005, Memory-Map Europe, with permission.


This walk was reached by driving through Dousland, turning right at the Burrator Inn towards Meavy, then left to Burrator Reservoir, continuing past the dam and around the top end of the reservoir to park at the Arboretum (indicated on the map by the yellow cross).


Distance - 6.3 km / 3.9 miles



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