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Becky Falls Tor

Set within a spectacular ancient valley on the eastern side of Dartmoor, the famous Becky Falls seems to have been attracting visitors since 1903. William Crossing describes the scene "as never disappointing" and explains that "From the top of the falls to the bottom the drop is from 70 to 80 feet and having rolled and tumbled to the foot of this boulder strewn steep it (the Becky Brook) runs along merrily under Hound Tor Wood to meet the Bovey as it comes from Lustleigh Cleave."

Understandably people are naturally drawn to the attraction that in winter boasts a fine cascade of water over and through a dramatic rock-strewn landscape, and in their anticipation of reaching the spot that is described by the author as "beloved by all visitors to this part of the moor" it is highly likely that few if any will have noticed on the approach to the parking area from the direction of Trendlebere Down, that there is a fine cluster of large dark rocks set on the south side of the road little more than 100 metres to the east of the main entrance. The most impressive of these is propped on other rocks that have tumbled downhill and forms a large overhang with a low cave beneath. Above this huge outcrop more rocks reside close to an old field wall.

Easily reached from the road below, the small tor, is set on what is quite a gentle slope, and heralds the start of much grander boulders in the valley below but warrants a separate identity on account of its detachment from those rocks and its much higher position on the opposite side of the road that leads first to the hamlet of Water and then Manaton beyond.

Becky Falls Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 7601 7998
Height:
210m
Parish:
Manaton
Tor Classification:
Small
Access:
Private (but accessible)
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Tim Jenkinson
Reference:
Tim Jenkinson: East Dartmoor The Hidden Landscape: Rocks and Tors
William Crossing (1912): Guide to Dartmoor

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