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Ashbury Tor

Best described by William Crossing; "...Ashbury Tor, beautifully draped with climbing plants, and half hidden amid heather. The spot is altogether very charming, and the visitor should by no means omit to include it in his rambles."

Whereas gorse has overtaken the heather, this non-granite tor, overlooking the East Okement River and Moor Brook, is beautiful, best viewed within the tree line. There is also a well known featured outcrop known as what Eric Hemery refers to as the 'Roman Chair' (p867), known as that by the John Hodge's family. Whilst a recliner would be welcome after the toil up the hill, it is far from comfortable.

Eric Hemery also waxes lyrical of this wonderful spot; "If Ashbury Tor, so easily accessible from the road on East Hill, were a visitor's first contact with Dartmoor, his pulses would quicken and imagination be fired beyond anything printed page or photograph could achieve, for here, heaving itself up fiercely from the patchwork of lowlands bordered by distant, hazy and gentle hills, Dartmoor begins."

Note: This outcrop is on private land, but it is accessible.
Enjoy, but please behave responsibly and always follow the Countryside Code.
Ashbury Tor
Grid Ref:
SX 6051 9410
Okehampton Hamlets
Tor Classification:
Private (but accessible)
Rock Type:
William Crossing
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor
William Crossing: Guide to Dartmoor