Dartmoor Explorations

A collection of walks, discoveries, insights and pictures of exploring Dartmoor National Park

SHEEPSTOR WARREN

Steve Grigg and Frank Collinson

SHEEPSTOR WARREN an exploration…………R.G Haynes wrote a booklet in 1970, describing Vermin Traps on Dartmoor. He stated “There is no documentary evidence to show that this warren ever existed. However, Sheepstor adjoins Ditsworthy warren; it has 3 vermin traps on its summit, 6 buries on its north and west slopes, and a ruined dwelling house and enclosure on its lower west face, watered by a spring” . With this inspiration we explored and managed to find all three VTs, the warren house plus 9 magnificent buries (pillow mounds). Its is a lovely circumnavigation of the Tor from the Arboretum car park (even on a grey winters day).

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Pillow Mound #1 – SX56290 68510
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Pillow Mound #1 – SX56290 68510
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Pillow Mound #2 – SX56286 68355
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Pillow Mound #2 – SX56286 68355
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Pillow Mound #3 – SX56249 68258. Looks like it was built into an ancient reave.
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Pillow Mound #3 – SX56249 68258. Looks like it was built into an ancient reave.
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Pillow Mound #4 – SX56346 68216. Sheepstor in the gloom behind.
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Pillow Mound #4 – SX56346 68216.
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Pillow Mound #5 – SX56232 68177. Near Maiden Tor.
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Pillow Mound #5 – SX56232 68177. Near Maiden Tor.
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Pillow Mound #6 – SX56264 68127. Near Maiden Tor.
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Pillow Mound #6 – SX56264 68127. Near Maiden Tor.
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Pillow Mound #7 – SX56277 68095. View down to Sheepstor village.
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Pillow Mound #8 – SX56373 68091
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Pillow Mound #8 – SX56373 68091
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Warren House complex – SX56438 68023
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Warren House complex – SX56438 68023
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Warren House complex – SX56438 68023
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Warren House complex – SX56438 68023
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Warren House complex – SX56438 68023
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Warren House complex – SX56438 68023
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Pillow Mound #9 – SX56531 67989
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Pillow Mound #9 – SX56531 67989
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Vermin trap #1 – SX56643 68121, just below the climbers “wall” on Sheepstor
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Vermin trap #1 – SX56643 68121, just below the climbers “wall” on Sheepstor
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Vermin trap #2 – SX56596 68134, near the summit on Sheepstor
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Vermin trap #2 – SX56596 68134, near the summit on Sheepstor
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Vermin trap #3 – SX56550 68197, near the summit on Sheepstor
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Vermin trap #3 – SX56550 68197, near the summit on Sheepstor

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