4. Dartmoor walk from Harford Moor Gate  ⇨ Burford Down ⇨ Erme Plains ⇨ Erme Pound ⇨ Sharp Tor ⇨ Piles Hill. 10 miles 2018:06:03

The walk starts at Harford Moor Gate. Walk back down the road to Harford and then over Harford Bridge, then take the track on the right up to Burford Down.

Heath Bedstraw, Galium saxatile, abundant for most of this walk.

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Common or Heath Speedwell, Veronica officinalis growing profusely on ants nest mounds alongside Hall Plantation.

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Tristis Rock on Burford Down, and a view up the Erme valley.

...Head north through Yadsworthy Waste and the gate onto the open moor. Continue north up the hill to the track, turn right and follow this to the water intake

Dartmoor Panorama: Looking over the Erme valley towards Three Barrows and Ugborough Moor. Piles Copse is to the left.

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Hut circle above Yadsworthy Waste.

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Dartmoor Panorama: Piles Copse, ancient woodland. Sharp Tor beyond.

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Mossy stream below Downing's House, a tinner's hut.

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Downing's House, a tinner's hut., one end still roofed.

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The river Erme
Hard Fern

...Follow the left bank of the Erme, until a steep high slope forces you up onto Stall Moor. This is where you need to look for the stone circle - much easier if you use the GPS!

An area of tin streaming, unusual in the creation of multiple walls to support the waste.

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Stone circle and stone row on the edge of Stall Moor

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The stone circle

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Part way along the stone row is a tumulus

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A mossy side stream

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The large pound at Hook Lake. This has very substantial walls

...We crossed the Erme a little further on at Erme Pound, but note this is only possible in dry weather.

Walls of the enclosure at Hook Lake

...From Hook Lake ( a valley with a stream ) the path climbs south over open moorland to reach the tramway.

Dartmoor Panorama: View from the Tramway

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The flooded pit at Left Lake

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Looking down at Piles Copse from Harford Moor

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Dartmoor Panorama: Wide open spaces. The view from the Cairn on Sharp Tor

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Dartmoor Panorama: Another wide panorama from the top of Sharp Tor

...and from Piles Hill we left the Two Moors Way to follow a grassy path down to Harford Moor Gate again.