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Aller Brook Tor

Aller Brook Outcrop

The name of this tor first appears in an article by Tim Jenkinson in Dartmoor Magazine (Spring 2000) entitled 'Nameless Rock Piles: Field Notes and Photographs'. It is described by the author as 'in light of their location the most appropriate' for two crumbling outcrops that lie to the east of the Aller Brook a short distance below the still flowing Holne Moor (Hamlyn's) Leat.

Tim also remarks upon the large clitter that spills through an oak copse and explains that the ruined tor 'comprises an upper flattened rock face from which several windswept rowans grow' with a lower 'detached compact 2.1 metre high stack that is perched above a track running through the copse'. Writing much later Ken Ringwood (2013) strangely refers to the tor as 'Aller Brook Outcrop'.

As the tor remnant is largely hidden in the summer months and is notoriously difficult to access when the bracken is high, a visit in winter or early spring is recommended to fully appreciate the sprawl of rocks here and to also enjoy the views, especially to the west where Combestone Tor is silhouetted against the skyline and out to the north where the most distinctive crag of Vag Hill Tor sits above Warren House Pit beyond the River Dart.

Aller Brook Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 6783 7191
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Rock Type:
Tim Jenkinson
Reference / Further Reading:
Tim Jenkinson: Nameless Rock piles Field Notes and Photographs - Dartmoor Magazine No 58 p.34, Spring 2000
Ken Ringwood (2013): Dartmoor's Tors and Rocks

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