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Bee Tor

Beetor, Begatora

Visited with kind permission, this tor is supposedly named as such because, according to the landowner, from an angle it resembles a 'bee' (allow for some artistic licence on that explanation).

There is scant information on this small collection of multiple low-lying outcrops on the hill summit. Evidence of the name lies in the immediate area; to the north, there is Beetor Bridge, on the eastern slope lies Beetor Farm, and a way further Beetor Cross can be found perched on top of a hedge beside the B3212.

According to Dartmoor Crosses: "It is very likely that this cross was erected to mark the ancient Track from Exeter to Tavistock, in the days before the B3212 was built. However, there is another theory that the cross was erected to mark the scene of conflict between the invading Saxons and the local British Christians of the moor." The site of the cross is known as 'The Watching Place'.

Bee 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 7085 8440
North Bovey
Tor Classification:
Private (seek permission)
Rock Type:
Terry Bound
Reference / Further Reading:
Terry Bound (1991): The A to Z of Dartmoor Tors
Dartmoor Crosses: Beetor Cross

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