Hawk’s Tor and Beyond
Stay local…..Covid guidance Jan 2021…..so glad we took heed. This stunning area is right on our doorstep…..another great find! Granite outcrops are my favourite type of Cornish landscape and there is a super abundance of them here around the Twelve Mens Moor area. Today we took in Kilmar Tor, Trewortha Tor and Hawk’s Tor. This is definitely going to be our go to place for the Covid safe foreseeable future.
ORDNANCE SURVEY – Route planner map of today’s walk
We use the Ordnance Survey route planner app for iPhone/iPad to create all our walks these days ….. the GPS accuracy is amazing ….. especially useful when the paths just disappear!
We thought the Zennor area of Cornwall was impressive for it’s huge areas of granite outcrops…..this place outstrips it by far…..and we live right next door to it!
When you are in amongst the huge granite boulders that are here and looking out on fields of more granite the feeling is totally elemental ….. like you have been transported back 3 million years!
IPHONE 11 PRO MAX: With it’s new three lens system and now waterproof the iPhone Pro Max is a perfect companion on our walks for selfies, panoramas, videos and to view our Ordnance Survey route planner maps.
For all the ‘serious’ photographs my all time favourite walkabout camera combination is the Sony A7R and Sony’s super lightweight 28mm lens.
SONY A7R – Fantastically specified and so small and light
SONY 28MM – Perfect walkabout lens – uncomplicated and also amazingly light
I don’t want to have to think too much about camera settings on these walks so I have configured the Sony A7R’s Custom 1 option as follows: Manual Focus / Aperture f11 / Auto ISO / Continuous Bracket 5 Images 0.7 stop. I set the lens to a Hyperfocal Distance of around 2.35M then fix it with some surgical tape along the bottom of the lens. Now I have everything in focus from 1.35M to Infinity.
The resulting 5 images can either be used for Auto Aligned HDR or I can use a single image, usually the one with the best exposed highlights ….. clouds are normally the trickiest to get right. I like gritty images so when the ISO creeps up I don’t really have an issue with the results ….. it can often add to the atmosphere of a Black & White image …. the ease of use those settings give me far outweighs any image downside!
ORDNANCE SURVEY – We always use their iPhone/iPad route planner app to create our walks and to check out any car journey routes. Can’t go walking without GPS these days ….. love it!
MET OFFICE – Used on every walk for weather information. An invaluable tool in planning what gear to take.
WIKIPEDIA – For finding information quickly Wikipedia is far and away the best, most convenient, useful source for anything ….. whatever their critics say! I use it all the time for information about places we visit on our walks.
To view Photo Album of this walk click here: PIKTOUR: ALBUM-KILMAR-TREWORTHA-HAWKS-TORS
For Information on Kilmar Tor click here: INFO: KILMAR TOR
For Information on Hawk’s Tor click here: INFO: HAWKS TOR
For Information on Bodmin Moor click here: INFO: BODMIN MOOR
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