5.East Dart, Sandy Hole Pass, Peat Pass, West Dart, Higher White Tor, Gunpowder Mills. 10 miles 17 km, 432m ascent Dartmoor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_8guH70RBA&feature=youtu.be2020:06:23

This circular walk on Dartmoor has an easy option and a hard option. The easy option is to keep away from the river on the main paths and look at the water from a distance. We opted for the much harder route, keeping much closer to the river banks which can be steep, rocky or boggy at times.

An excellent walk from Postbridge, up the East Dart, through Sandy Hole Pass, then over the peat pass to the West Dart and back past Brown's House, Lower White Tor, Higher White Tor, Longaford Tor and the Gunpoweder Mills. The Lich Way and then a track through the forest. 10.61 miles and 1284 feet of ascent. 17 km, 432m ascent on Dartmoor.

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Starting from the car park in the forest at Postbridge

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Cross the main road and head up the path opposite

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This is the path up the left bank of the East Dart

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A good path out onto the moor.

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Follow the path close to the wall

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You could take a detour through the gate on the right to look at the burial cist

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Spot the dragonfly on the rock - zoom in to see the detail. We saw a lot on this walk.

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Cross the small stream, and keep to the right up the hill ahead

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Now follow this old leat, over the stile

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The path now follows the old leat for some distance up the valley

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With the East Dart in the valley below

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This is an attractive river with a series of small waterfalls

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The leat ends up at its origin in a flat and marshy area. Keep to the left of this until there is a clear path that takes you over to the East Dart , turn left up the bank of the river.

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This brings you to a deep and secluded pool. Ideal for a break.

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Above this pool the easier path moves away from the bank of the stream, much higher up the hillside. We keep as close to the stream as we can - select your path with care.

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The bank then becomes flatter and boggy in places. The main path is up to your left

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We are now approaching the main waterfall and crossing point

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The crossing point above the waterfall

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Above the waterfall the river changes completely. The banks are low and boggy. Keep to the drier ground on the left

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Presumably this is the sandy hole - upstream is the sandy hole pass.

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Beware of some very boggy areas beside the path

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The river here looks as though it has been dug out by the tin streamers to drain the bog above

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Once through the Sandy Hole Pass the river is draining a large marshy area. Keep to the drier ground to the left.

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The next section of path is indistinct - follow the GPS track!

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This is a tinners hut.

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The post that marks the peat pass is small, and several metres from the path used at the moment

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Off to your left is a fenced area, part of an ecological study of the bog. Keep clear.

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The post marking the other end of the peat pass is also small and low in the grass - and there is no clear path between the two. The route was much drier than expected.

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We continued in the same direction before dropping down to the West Dart and following it downstream for a time. We crossed to the far bank to avoid boggy ground, then crossed back again

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Lots of cattle grazing here

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We went close to the ruins of Brown's House and the Tinners hut, before heading over towards Lower White Tor

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Panorama from Lower White Tor. If you zoom in you can see Brown's House in about the middle of the image

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Panorama - Postbridge to the right

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Panorama Bellever Forest

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Panorama looking south from Higher White Tor. Head for Longaford Tor

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Longaford Tor. Follow the path to the left

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Go through a gate in the wall and follow the path over to the Powdermills chimney - the right hand path is the drier one.

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Powder Mills

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One of the powder mills

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Zoom in to read the details

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To the right of the very solid mill building is the raised leat that would have brought the water

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The route now heads towards the forest

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National Park signs have gone metric!

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Turn left for the path back to the visitor centre and the car park

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Foxgloves on the forest edge.

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