6.Hameldown, Grim's Pound, Soussons Wood, Cator 10 mile walk on Dartmoor

 

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An early start, parking at two crosses on Dunstone Down, near Widdicombe
An early start, parking at two crosses on Dunstone Down, near Widdicombe

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The path follows the ridge north towards Hameldown
The path follows the ridge north towards Hameldown

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Good views to the east towards Haytor and Rippon Tor
Good views to the east towards Haytor and Rippon Tor

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The view to the east of Rippon Tor to Buckland Beacon
The view to the east of Rippon Tor to Buckland Beacon

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The view back south towards Aish Tor
The view back south towards Aish Tor

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Panoramic view over Dartmoor
Panoramic view over Dartmoor

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Heading towards Hameldown Beacon
Heading towards Hameldown Beacon

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At Broad Barrow, head over the barrow itself, not the track to the right
At Broad Barrow, head over the barrow itself, not the track to the right

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Good view east of Haytor, over the top of Honeybag Tor and Chinkwell Tor
Good view east of Haytor, over the top of Honeybag Tor and Chinkwell Tor

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Looking south from Broad Barrow
Looking south from Broad Barrow

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On the path north from Broad Barrow to Hameldown Tor
On the path north from Broad Barrow to Hameldown Tor

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Hameldown Cross
Hameldown Cross

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The cairn and trig point on Hameldown Tor
The cairn and trig point on Hameldown Tor

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Dartmoor panorama
Dartmoor panorama

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Panorama of the view north from Hameldown Tor
Panorama of the view north from Hameldown Tor

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Grimspound
Grimspound

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The entrance to Grimspound
The entrance to Grimspound

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Exit the western entrance to Grimspound and immediately turn right and head north. Look for the path following the contours.
Exit the western entrance to Grimspound and immediately turn right and head north. Look for the path following the contours.

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Cross the road and head towards Headland Warren Farm
Cross the road and head towards Headland Warren Farm

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There are often Llamas in this field. Follow the path round the northern corner of the field.
There are often Llamas in this field. Follow the path round the northern corner of the field.

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There are extensive old mine workings in this area
There are extensive old mine workings in this area

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Dartmoor Panorama looking west
Dartmoor Panorama looking west

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Head over the ridge and down to the Vitifer Mine
Head over the ridge and down to the Vitifer Mine

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Then at the Vtifer mine ruins turn south down the valley , through a gate and turn right into the forest.
Then at the Vtifer mine ruins turn south down the valley , through a gate and turn right into the forest.

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This area is very boggy. Bog Orchids in June.
This area is very boggy. Bog Orchids in June.

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Into the Soussons Down forest. Keep heading west of South
Into the Soussons Down forest. Keep heading west of South

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Look out for the path leaving the forest track, to keep heading south. When you reach the forestry track again turn right.  Follow the track and cross the minor road near Ephraim's Pinch.
Look out for the path leaving the forest track, to keep heading south. When you reach the forestry track again turn right.  Follow the track and cross the minor road near Ephraim's Pinch.

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Foxgloves in the Soussons Down forest
Foxgloves in the Soussons Down forest

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Take the path across Cator Common
Take the path across Cator Common

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Don't follow the track at the south end of Cator Common - head for the gate where the fence alongside a road meets the trees.
Don't follow the track at the south end of Cator Common - head for the gate where the fence alongside a road meets the trees.

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Follow the road south from Cator Common and turn left to go through Lower Cator and past this clapper bridge.
Follow the road south from Cator Common and turn left to go through Lower Cator and past this clapper bridge.

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Follow the road up a hill and turn rigth into the lane to Broadaford.
Follow the road up a hill and turn rigth into the lane to Broadaford.

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Cross the stream again at Broadaford
Cross the stream again at Broadaford

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and folow the track through these large trees.
and folow the track through these large trees.

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The track comes out onto Rowden Down. Turn right, and then at the south end of Rowden Down, turn left to head north east over the down
The track comes out onto Rowden Down. Turn right, and then at the south end of Rowden Down, turn left to head north east over the down

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Follow the wall down off Rowden Down and cross the small road to head back up Dunstone Down to the car park.
Follow the wall down off Rowden Down and cross the small road to head back up Dunstone Down to the car park.

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