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Withy Tree Clitters

Withy Tree Clitters

On the western edge of the Cherry Brook basin near Powdermills, just as the Lich Way ascends Stinnons Hill, you'll find an extensive crescent shaped rock-field to the south that Eric Hemery tells us is called 'Withy Tree Clitters'.

Withy Tree Clitters

The clitter, containing some substantial boulders in the lower southern section, sits directly below Littaford Tors, evidence that the outcrops atop the ridge were once larger than they are today.

Withy Tree Clitters

Hemery also states that; "..the withy trees grow only in the densest clitter and do not reach the north verge", but a 'withy' is known as the tough, flexible branch of a willow that is traditionally used for thatching and farming and this location possesses only about a dozen Rowan trees whose branches are matured and contorted in a manner that would make them unsuitable for that purpose. It could just be poetic license but if willows existed when Hemery visited, they have since disappeared.

Withy Tree Clitters
Withy Tree Clitters
Grid Ref:
SX 619 771
Height:
410m
Parish:
Dartmoor Forest
Tor Classification:
Clitter
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Eric Hemery
Reference:
Eric Hemery: 'Walking Dartmoor's Ancient Tracks: A guide to 28 routes' and 'High Dartmoor'