More Dartmoor industries

An evening walk on the south western region of the moors this time.  Not quite the good weather that the previous two walks had been but we covered some interesting ground wandering up the valley of the River Plym from just above Cadover bridge.

From Little Trowlesworthy Tor looking roughly north west you are looking towards Legis Tor and, in the case of this image, towards part of Legis Tor Warren.  There are a number of warrens on Dartmoor.  These warrens were used by early tin miners to provide a source of fresh meat within easy reach.  The mounds (known as “pillow mounds” from their shape) were man made to provide artificial warrens for rabbits which were then used as food.  While the pillow mounds are easy enough to see they stand out better in low light and a number can be seen on the facing hillside here (Legis Tor is the tor on the left).  The pile of rocks in the foreground are the spoils of the granite stone quarry on Trowlesworthy Tor.

The above image shows the base of a structure that probably had a crane on it in Trowlesworthy granite quarry.  The granite in the area is somewhat unusual in that it has a pink tinge to it.

This is the remains of what would have been a flag post base and is a large worked cylinder of pink granite with Little Trowlesworthy Tor in the background.

Another view of the worked granite cylinder.  Hen Tor can be seen in the distance.  Hen Tor is a little unusual as far as Dartmoor tors go because it is on the side of the hill rather than on the crest of the ridge which is far more common.

Changing from ancient industries to a very modern and active one, this shows the china clay works on Lee Moor.  This works is steadily growing and the pit is now very deep and has continually encroached on the moors over many years (it has been in use for over 175 years).  I confess I find it hard to understand how such industrialisation and pollution can be permitted in a National Park.

We wandered back down to Cadover bridge catching the setting sun in the River Plym.