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Two walks are on offer here. Both walks could include a drive around the reservoir with the opportunity to see a pretty little waterfall and a 12 minute whiz back to Princetown for liver and bacon.

Walk one

The first one features a two and a half mile walk in the woods looking at some things, driving around the reservoir, looking at a pretty waterfall followed by Liver and Bacon at the Plume of Feathers, Princetown (now apparently sans Jail Ale).

Stop at East Lowery to look at the old threshing barn and if the mood takes us to walk up the hill to find the three sett makers' bankers.

Further along we come to Lowery Cross. Parking there we explore on foot. The first item of interest is a cist in very good condition in that it still has retaining kerb and a mound. Of course the lid has been moved and the gold bullion inside has gone.

Next we find the ruins of Leather Tor Farm buildings and the curious Vooga. The Vooga is a hole in the ground. It is variously believed to be a potato store, a miners cache, and a home for the fairies.

Marching on we pass Leather Bridge to look for the tinworks at Redapitt where we should search for a mortar stone.

Our Walk

Walk two

The second one features a three mile walk on the moor looking at some things, driving around the reservoir, looking at a pretty waterfall followed by Liver and Bacon at the Plume of Feathers, Princetown (still apparently sans Jail Ale).

Now the first walk is more or less guaranteed to be successful. The second is a little less certain because it includes the elusive and mythical Down Tor Stone Row which can only be seen if JS is with us. We have tried before and failed. However this walk sneaks up from behind it so I am fairly hopeful.

We begin at Norsworthy bridge and strike off towards Middleworth Farm which is mentioned as farm back as 1281. This is not surprising as between here and the next farm -Deancombe - we are passing through a bronze age field system. Both farms have interesting granite constructions. Due south at Deancombe takes us (if we want a diversion) to some tinworks. There is a shaft, an adit, and a stamping mill with a mortar stone.

Ignoring the diversion and pressing on we leave the track and head up hill north east between Down Tor and Coombeshead Tor skirting the bronze age settlement on Hingston Hill. There before us in all its splendour should be the cairn circle and the long stone row.

We head back east to admire the view from Down Tor and then drop down back towards Norsworthy.

Our Walk