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|Meldon Reservoir and Black Tor|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 10 Jul 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5 mile circular and fairly strenuous walk through typical Dartmoor landscape in Devon. The walk begins with a crossing over the Meldon Reservoir dam and then follows the path alongside the reservoir to meet the West Okement River. The return leg climbs high onto Dartmoor to Sharp Tor and then follows the track along and around Longstone Hill to return to the start. |
As with any walking on Dartmoor, the area is very exposed so make sure you are well prepared. The paths are rocky underfoot and there are areas of marshy ground so good waterproof boots are a must. After periods of rain some of the tracks can be running with an inch or two of water. There are free roaming sheep, cattle, horses and ponies on Dartmoor so take care with dogs. There are several steady slopes throughout plus one very steep climb over granite rocks up to Sharp Tor itself. There are no stiles and just a couple of gates. Toilets are available in the car park at the start. Approximate time 2.5 to 3 hours.
The walk starts from the Meldon Reservoir car park (voluntary contributions are requested). The car park is marked with signs from the A30 between Launceston and Okehampton and is accessed via the B3260. Approximate post code EX20 4LU.
|Car Park to Picnic Area|
Start point: 50.7077 lat, -4.0388 long
Leave the car park via the stone steps alongside the toilet block. Pass out through the gate onto the lane. Turn left signed as ‘Bridleway to the Moor’ and follow the tarmac lane down to the reservoir.
|Picnic Area to End of Reservoir|
Start point: 50.7037 lat, -4.0379 long
Do NOT follow the main track and do NOT pass though the gate. Instead carry on straight ahead running parallel with the fence line of the reservoir to the right. Continue on the path as it swings right with the fence line also swinging to the right. Cross over the footbridge across the stream.
|End of Reservoir to Weir|
Start point: 50.6977 lat, -4.0461 long
Do NOT cross the footbridge to the right, instead keep left on the path with the stream running immediately to your right. Keep on the path with the gorse and heather slopes rising steeply up to the left. Follow the path as it swings left passing a small stone building at a weir over to the right. Keep ahead to join a wide grass track climbing gently uphill.
|Weir to Blackator Copse|
Start point: 50.6909 lat, -4.0398 long
Skirt left of the walled weir area, picking your way through the granite rocks. Once you are past the weir, continue to follow the river bank with the river directly on the right. Take care here. Use the large granite blocks to cross over any channels of running water coming off the hillside and take care to avoid any deep bogs.
|Blackator Copse to Stream|
Start point: 50.6866 lat, -4.0356 long
Swing left immediately in front of the copse following the tree-line on your right and climbing up through the granite rocks. Pick your way up hill through the granite rocks and bracken, heading for the left hand edge of the rocks which sit alongside the Black Tor rock formation.
|Stream to Longstone Hill|
Start point: 50.6893 lat, -4.0301 long
Cross over the stream and go a few paces ahead to pass between three upright granite blocks which mark the start of a rocky track. Follow this track which heads to the right hand side of the two main hills on the left.
|Longstone Hill to End|
Start point: 50.7018 lat, -4.0305 long
Continue following the grass track as it descends over the brow of the hill and it will begin to swing left. A path merges in from the right and as you go further left you will have views of a large quarry and then the Meldon Iron Railway Viaduct ahead.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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