An archaeologist friend of mine posted about collecting raw tin from a deposit on Dartmoor for one of her demonstrations and brought back stories of a megalithic ring-cairn attached to a 349m stone row. A little bit of searching around on my OS map and I find a suspicious feature at SX586692 just off Down Tor, locally known as Down Tor circle or Hingston Hill circle and is easily accessed by Norsworthy Bridge (SX567693) so I thought I’d investigate.
Whilst in the car park I found this little creature, it’s a nuthatch (Sitta europaea), residential throughout mainland UK but they seldom venture far from the woodland where they hatch. He was accompanied by a group of great tits, a couple of blue tits, a tiny coal tit and a hoard of chaffinches.
Down Tor is a shallow tor at only 366m AMSL but is surrounded by a cluster of larger tors such as Sheeps Tor, Sharp Tor, Leather Tor and Burrator Reservoir.
A lovely location for a Dartmoor Microadventure, if you’re feeling especially eco-friendly catch the First 48 from Plymouth to Burrator, it’s a fair walk from the Dam but I passed a bus stop ‘turning Point’ 12 minutes walk away.