5. Dartmoor walk from Meldon Reservoir ⇨ Corn Ridge ⇨ Sandy Ford ⇨ Black-a-Tor Copse. 9 miles with Newton Abbot Ramblers 2018:05:27

We started from the car park at Meldon Reservoir. It looks as though there will be a charge for parking here in the future.

A slight mist as we headed up towards Sourton Tors, but this was clearing as we approached Corn Ridge and Branscombe's loaf.

View from the west side of Corn Ridge on a slightly misty morning, with Great Links Tor on the left and Sourton Tors to the right. The villages of Lydford and Bridestow in the middle distance.

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Pink milkwort

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White milkwort

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A small rush on Corn Ridge

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Tumulus mound on Corn Ridge

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Panorama of view from Corn Ridge, Dartmoor, Meldon Reservoir, Yes Tor and Hight Willhays. The rock to the right is Branscombe's Loaf.

...The path from Corn Ridge to Kitty Tor is indistinct, but follows a straight line. This area used to be dug for peat and is boggy in wet weather.

Mosses on corn ridge

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Moss on Corn Ridge

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Dartmoor Panorama from Kitty Tor. Sandy Ford is below in the middle of the view. Yes Tor and High Willhays to the left. Lints Tor is the lower tor to the right of the path.

...The path from Kitty Tor drops steeply down to Sandy Ford where you need to cross the West Okement River. Best when the weather has been dry!

The West Oakment valley, from below Kitty Tor.

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The West Oakment River at Sandy Ford

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Sundew in the bog at Sandy Ford.

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Dartmoor Panorama. Looking down the West Oakment valley from Sandy Ford

...After crossing at Sandy Ford we headed down the valley following the bank on the east side, to see the ancient woodland at

Ancient gnarled oak trees

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Walking down beside the West Oakment River

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Dartmoor Panorama . The edge of Black a Tor Copse. Ancient woodland and National nature reserve

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Black a Tor Copse. Ancient woodland and National nature reserve

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Black a Tor Copse. Ancient woodland and National nature reserve

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Black a Tor Copse. Ancient woodland and National nature reserve. Oak trees and ferns

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Lichen on a rock Black a Tor Copse. Ancient woodland and National nature reserve

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Dartmoor Panorama: Black a Tor Copse. Ancient woodland and National nature reserve

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Black a Tor Copse. Ancient woodland and National nature reserve

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Information board Black a Tor Copse. Ancient woodland and National nature reserve

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Downstream of Black a Tor Copse is another small area of woodland where the grazing animals have been fenced out.

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Downstream of Black a Tor Copse is another small area of woodland. This is what Dartmoor would be like if it wasn't overgrazed.

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Heading down the West Oakment valley towards Vellake corner

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Dartmoor Panorama: Meldon Reservoir

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Dartmoor Panorama: Meldon Reservoir

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Dartmoor Panorama: Meldon Reservoir

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Dartmoor Panorama: Meldon Dam and the meldon viaduct

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Dartmoor Panorama: Meldon Reservoir

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Noticeboards at meldon Car Park

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Noticeboards at meldon Car Park

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