Feather Tor / Barn Hill Walk - Dartmoor

This walk incorporates Barn Hill, Feather Tor, Grimstone & Storridge Leat, Vixon Tor (sketch map)

Walk Introduction

This walk involves visiting only a few features but with a continuously changing scenery it is pleasant and challenging for young and old. The walk is well bounded and the features easy to find and follow. Never really venturing far from civilisation the full beauty of the Moors offerings can still be found. The walk has loads for the youngsters to explore and not a lot more than a wet boot will spoil the walk. Taking the scenery from the Car Park, the activities to be explored are not at all obvious with Barn Hill obscuring all that lays ahead. Enjoy the gentle stroll to the top of Barn hill and the journey can be mapped out ahead of you.

Diary Details

Weather: A cold North Easterly drove across dartmoor but the weather was crisp and looked to stay dry. Although the wind was cold we were able to find shelter at rock points along the way. Route: The advantage of following the Leat and disused Tin Workings meant that most of the walk was relatively sheltered after the initial climb of Barn Hill; The enjoyment came the moment that the children saw the frozen spring and slow moving icy Leat. Noticeable event: Our first frozen day on Dartmoor (23-02-05). Group: 1 adults and 2 children under 7. Distance: 3 km.

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Barn Hill
Car Park View Point
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View of Cox Tor from Barn Hill car park
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View of Staple Tor
from Barn Hill car park
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view of Barn Hill from
Car Park View Point
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view from Barn Hill
high point (336m)
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view from Barn Hill
high point (336m)
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View of Stone at
Barn Hill heights
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View of Stone at
Barn Hill heights
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View South past Feather Tor
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View South East past Feather Tor
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View of frozen spring near Leat
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View of frozen weir
near Cross on Leat
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View of frozen weir near Cross on Leat
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View of stone cross on Grimstone & Storridge Leat
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Bridge over Leat, 50 yards North from cross
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View East to Vixon Tor and beyond
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View of Feather Tor
(South face)
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View South from
Feather Tor (Unknown Tor)
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Icy Grimstone &
Storridge Leat
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View of Feather Tor
(South face)
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Close-up view East to
Vixon Tor
note boundary wall
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View East to Vixon Tor
and beyond
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View to
Great Staple Tor
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View to
Great Staple Tor
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Flora: Moors Moss
finds shelter beside a rock
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Grim. & Stor. Leat
Viaduct over
Tin Workings (Dis.)
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View South within
Tin Workings (Dis.)
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View of Staple Tor
from Barn Hill car park
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Barn Hill
Car Park View Point
   

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