Assycombe & Lowton

Circular Walk

Froggymead & Grey Wethers

Teignhead Farm

We walked to the edge of the forest and saw a sight that took our breath away. There was the car we had seen earlier! How it got there and what it was doing heaven alone knows but it was enough for us to get into a right old strop for a while - especially as it was sporting a parking permit for a well know Someset private school.

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With a burst of energy that come with righteous indignation we headed towards Teignhead Farm which was now in full view. We crossed the excellent clapper Bridge and walked up to the ruin.

The well known gatepost
Tin mould used as a trough?

More evidence of recent vandalism. Large logs on a bonfire right under a tree. Granite blocks had been pulled off the wall to act as seats around the fire. RH had been here the previous week and it wasn't there then.

This is an old rant on the Legendary Dartmoor website:-

Legendary Dartmoor - It was obvious that some people were using the old ruined farmstead as a campsite as there was a huge tent with people enjoying their radio. Again, another Google search for Teignhead Farm will return numerous websites extolling the virtues of the farm as a campsite. Now it is thought that this farm was built sometime in the late eighteenth century making it at least two hundred years old. In that case I would suggest as an important part of Dartmoor's heritage it should become a listed building (I can find no record of it being so?) in which case any camping would be prohibited. Oddly enough there are the remains of a small tinners blowing house nearby which are scheduled?

RH and SB stand near what "Dartmoor Stone" describes as a rude roller. It was well behaved and silent on this occasion. The boys settle down for their picnic lunch.
We spent some time searching for the blowing house and were rewarded by finding these two tin moulds. The Geocaching website refered to on anther page states:- It is worth a visit to inspect these and to ponder on the fact that an ingot of tin taken from the larger mould would weigh more than a large man.

CH spotted these lenticular clouds. RH explained their significance to Hang Gliders whilst SB came over all Bardic with:-

Hamlet to Polonius.."Do you see yonder cloud that almost looks like a camel?" Polonius replies "By the mass, and tis like a camel indeed." Hamlet decides "Methinks it doth look like a weasel,.. although somewhat lentic." Adding the last three words himself.