Bearacleave North Tor
The Walrus, Walrus Rock
Deep inside Bearacleave Wood about a mile or so to the north of Bovey Tracey and set right on the eastern edge of Dartmoor National Park is a proliferation of grand granite rock piles. Were it not for the trees the rocks here would form an impressive and dramatic range of tors on the hillside high above and to the east of the A382 road heading out towards Moretonhampstead. Managed by the National Trust the northernmost tor in the wood not far below the main path incorporates several huge piles one of which is likened to a stone walrus, its features resembling the creature when viewed from below.
A little further down the slope the tor extends to the west and there is a distinctive rock stack perched amid other good sized boulders and outcrops that form a wilderness of granite spilling through the trees that is so characteristic of the area. To the south two other tors are noticed amid what are now the old, creaking and often tumbled over trees lying across the untidy slopes that can make for difficult walking.
The climbing and bouldering community have spent a great deal of time extensively exploring Bearacleave and its neighbouring woods, giving some of the climbing routes and features on these huge outcrops unusual nicknames. You are directed to their book on the subject for further information (Dartmoor: A Climbers' Club Guide by James Clapham) but we have not repeated those names here. Instead we have attempted to group the grand rockpiles in accordance with their positions relative to one another in Bearacleave Wood.