On Sunday we were check pointing our 10 Tors teams at Norsworthy Bridge at the eastern end of Burrator Reservoir. We had a bit of time on our hands so we went for a short walk up to Cuckoo Rock.
Cuckoo Rock is a large boulder below Combshead Tor – its name is shrouded in mystery – some say the top of the rock looks like a cuckoo. Maybe. The area around the rock however is very suitable for cuckoos with lots of ‘perching’ trees and a lot of meadow pipit habitat. I have seen and heard cuckoos here in the past (they will be back within a month!) Cuckoo Rock in the past was said to be a place where smuggled goods were hidden and today it is a popular place for bouldering – a form of technical low level climbing. See here for more stories about Cuckoo Rock.
The walk to Cuckoo Rock from Norsworthy Bridge is an easy one – it is around 2 miles out and back along an obviously defined path. There is a car park at Norsworthy Bridge and the track starts on the eastern edge.