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Water Cleave Tor

Oddy Tor, Nympenhole, Viper Tor

There is a splendidly ruined and vegetation covered tor residing in that section of the wood high above the River Bovey known as Water Cleave. Shown on Ordnance Survey Maps as a large outcrop but not named it actually consists of three closely grouped piles forming dark caves and crannies beneath.

Accessing the rocks is difficult especially in the summer months but it can still be reached with a steady climb in a south easterly direction for about 250 metres from the wooden finger post for Foxworthy on the path to Horsham Steps. Progress uphill over ill-defined terrain through the wood until reaching the corner of fencing (shown on map) and the long lost fantastic shadowy tor is little more than 30 metres further on.

There is also a possibility that this tor is Oddy Tor (aka Nympenhole and Viper Tor), mentioned by Sir Walter Besant in his fictitious book "To Call Her Mine". Although his descriptions appear to place the tor elsewhere, Tithe Maps for Manaton, show two plots of land called "Higher Nympkinhole" and "Lower Nympkinhole" to the west of the tor.

This outcrop is accessible to the public.
Enjoy, but please behave responsibly and always follow the Countryside Code.
Water Cleave Tor
Grid Ref:
SX 761 814
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Rock Type:
Tim Jenkinson
Tim Jenkinson: East Dartmoor The Hidden Landscape: Rocks and Tors