Looking towards Hawk’s Tor
Happy to stay local now that we have discovered this area of Bodmin Moor to go walking. First stop was King Arthur’s Bed although the access stile was broken so couldn’t get really close to it. Trewortha Tor was an exceptional find for photography with some stunning granite formations, a really nice surprise. Hawk’s Tor…..what can you say…..it’s a seriously impressive pile of rock ….. and today seriously windy!
ORDNANCE SURVEY – Route planner map of today’s walk
BEWARE – The last leg of this walk from Hawk’s Tor back to the car parking area doesn’t work ….. see Summary at the end of this blog.
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!
GARMIN FENIX 5X – Activity tracker data of today’s walk
It’s interesting, and quite comical at times, to compare the Ordnance Survey route and time predictions with the route and time we actually take. Quite often we stop to take photo’s, admire the views, get sidetracked or even get lost…..yes occasionally even GPS loses the signal and can temporarily point us in the wrong direction….so the route can look quite different and be quite a bit longer at the end of the day!
We did manage to found a little nook out of the wind for a cheddar sandwich and soup, timed it perfectly as the sun came out for us. After lunch it got really interesting! I decided we could try to walk straight back to the car ….. looks easy right ….. wrong!
The marshy area just kept getting deeper and deeper, fortunately it hadn’t been raining so we did manage to get across ….. eventually. Then there was a stream to traverse, which was harder than it should have been, then we had to skirt around a ‘lake’ in the farmer’s gateway at the top of the field. Our car was just on the other side of the fence but there was barbed wire everywhere! Mmmm, getting stressful now! We eventually managed to get over, pretty difficult for Glennis but she did it…..very impressive. However then we found there was a 10 foot drop into a stream! Initially it looked impossible but we found a fallen bough that just about gave us a foothold to drop onto then jump to the other side. Done!
Quite an achievement ….. in hindsight! Won’t be doing it again though ….. read the map properly!
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-TREWORTHA-HAWKS-TORS
For Information on Hawk’s Tor click here: INFO: HAWKS TOR
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