Black Tor (Okehampton)
Black Torre, Blacktorr Hedges, Blacka Tor, Black-a-Tor, Great Black Tor
Perched above the ancient oak woodland of Black-a-Tor Copse on the West Okement and about a 45-minute walk from Meldon Reservoir, this wonderful tor actually consists of three huge granite outcrops that hide their best side from the north-east. They are awesome spectacles that dominate the woodland below and make a fine contribution to the stunning nature of this immense valley.
William Crossing (1909), when describing the scene from Shelstone Tor on the opposite slope, writes; "Viewed from below the Island of Rocks this tor appears to consist of one pile only, but from the point we have now reached its triple crown is plainly seen." To stand atop this crown, with its substantial clitter sprawling down to the ancient oak woodland and the river below, you will see that it commands one of the best views to be had on Dartmoor, also embracing the shiny slabs of rock known as the Slipper Stones on the steep, concave slopes that is evidence of Dartmoor's glaciated past.
The outcrops contain many rock-partings and fallen blocks, especially in the lowest pile that has partially collapsed resulting in dense clitter falling down to the foot of the great hill. The middle and higher outcrops feature repetitive horizontal joints in the granite, the latter rockpile containing a deep crevice that acts as a natural barrier, at SX 56826 89247, where shelter can be sought from a northerly wind.