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Water Rock (Crossing)

In Gems in a Granite Setting (page 79) William Crossing describes a visit to Bovey River at Horsham Steps and explains that: "Lower down there are footbridges and by the higher one the visitor may reach Water Rock where is a magnificent view of the valley and its surroundings."

Whilst the footbridge is no longer in evidence what appears to be the Rock in question can still be reached via a footpath that leads through that part marked as 'Woodash' on OS maps. Now almost entirely shrouded in vegetation the Rock stands about 50 metres above the track and rises to around 4 metres in height on its east side.

Unfortunately, the view described by Crossing is now mostly obscured by trees, but this was evidently once an important landmark in the area as the author also refers to it in his 'Guide to Dartmoor' (p307) and it is marked by name on the OS 1882 map of the area on the slopes here of what Crossing calls Water Hill. The name no longer appears on the modern-day versions. In addition, Mudge also names the Rock in his map of Dartmoor 1809.

This outcrop is accessible to the public.
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Water Rock (Crossing)
Grid Ref:
SX 7668 8083
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Rock Type:
William Crossing
Tim Jenkinson
Colonel William Mudge
Colonel William Mudge: Map Survey of Devon 1809
William Crossing: Gems in a Granite Setting & Guide to Dartmoor
Tim Jenkinson (2018): The Rock Piles of East Dartmoor: The Hidden Landscape Part 1 Dartmoor Magazine 132 Autumn p39