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Brown Willy, Dunkery Beacon

Brown Willy, Dunkery Beacon


Postby poppiesrara » Tue Sep 13, 2011 9:45 pm

Date walked: 05/09/2011

Time taken: 3.25

Distance: 17.25 km

Ascent: 675m

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Started the day with a half-marathon training run around a little of the coast-path and some quite testing slopes:

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Then completed a rather 'themed' weekend by following High Willhays (highest point in Dartmoor/Devon) with the peaks of Bodmin Moor/Cornwall and Exmoor/Somerset.

Brown Willy is a cracking walk, even if the real star of the area is Rough Tor. Lovely firm moorland paths from the carpark to that ridge and its scrambling summits and down. A bit damper (but after an extremely wet weekend) on the ascent to Brown Willy, but that's also a fine rocky peak.

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1 Rough Tor.jpg
Rough Tor

2 Horses on Poldue Downs.jpg
Horses on Poldue Downs

3 Showery Tor summit.jpg
Showery Tor summit

4 Brown Willy from Showery Tor.jpg
Brown Willy from Showery Tor

5 Rough Tor from Showery Tor.jpg
Rough Tor from Showery Tor

6 Brown Willy summit, looking to Rough Tor.jpg
Brown Willy summit, looking to Rough Tor

7 Rough Tor.jpg
Rough Tor

8 De Lank valley.jpg
De Lank valley

9 Back to Brown Willy.jpg
Back to Brown Willy

10 Rough Tor summit.jpg
Rough Tor summit

11 Memorial on Rough Tor.jpg
Memorial on Rough Tor

12 Showery Tor (apt!) and Little Rough Tor.jpg
Showery Tor (apt!) and Little Rough Tor

13 Descending Rough Tor.jpg
Descending Rough Tor

Dunkery Beacon is higher but, apart from its huge cairn, a lot less impressive. Exmoor is lovely, and the drive up the Exe valley to this walk beautiful, but the valleys and the coasts seem to be its best features - the high moors are very heathery and a bit bland. A very clear tourist path heads up the Beacon (easy, but you can see little of interest bar the land around you for most of it), although the ridge track to Rowbarrow was more of a stream after the recent rains. It's worth it though to gain the much more interesting descent bridleway, with nice mixed views to the south.

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15 South-east from Dunkery Beacon ascent.jpg
Souht-east from Dunkery Beacon ascent

16 Porlock Bay from Dunkery Beacon.jpg
Porlock Bay from Dunkery Beacon

17 Dunkery Beacon.jpg
Dunkery Beacon

18 North-west from Dunkery Beacon.jpg
North-west from Dunkery Beacon

19 Back to Dunkery Beacon from the west ridge path.jpg
Back to Dunkery Beacon from the west ridge path

20 Rowbarrow summit.jpg
Rowbarrow summit

21 Descent track from Rowbarrow.jpg
Descent track from Rowbarrow

22 South over heather & Exmoor.jpg
South over heather & Exmoor

23 East from descent bridleway.jpg
East from descent bridleway
Last edited by poppiesrara on Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:33 pm, edited 4 times in total.
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Re: Brown Willy, Dunkery Beacon

Postby SusieThePensioner » Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:50 pm

Really enjoyed your photos of Dunkery, not walked there for many years but, orginate from Somerset, and that was one of our favourite walks at all times of the year :D
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