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Bearacleave South Tor

The tors in Bearacleave never fail to disappoint. What a fantastic expanse of granite stacks and piles there are in here. After examining the north and middle sections there is also an equally impressive southern part set again some 150 metres away, hanging just above the fields and right on the periphery of the tree line. Here we continue with the dramatic range of huge tumbling boulders and split outcrops that so typify this woodland.

Jagged rocks spill to the very southern edge and again we have another magnificent clutch of outcrops that even in winter months are shrouded in the dark branches of the wood. This is a section that once again is popular with rock climbers and boulderers.

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.

Bearacleave South Tor
The map above is not a navigation tool and we recommend that the grid reference shown below is used in conjunction with an Ordnance Survey map and that training in its use with a compass is advised.
Grid Ref:
SX 814 795
Bovey Tracey
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Private (but accessible)
Rock Type:
James Clapham
Reference / Further Reading:
James Clapham (2017): Dartmoor: A Climbers' Club Guide

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