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Black Tor (Walkhampton)

Easily accessible from various parking spots along the B3212 road, this fine granite tor, with two main outcrops, sits above the west side of the River Meavy. It is most famous for its logan stone, a large knob of granite that is perched atop the highest outcrop.

Eric Hemery (1983) in High Dartmoor (p.108) says; "Seen from the road it is insignificant; viewed from Hart Tor or from its own steep slope falling to Mewy's riverbank, it is imposing. The two main piles are weathered massively in jointings and partings similar to the much-visited Great Hound Tor (Becka Brook, Bovey). It rises like a huge buttress from the slope, and its interior contains a climbable rock-chimney. Amid the extensive clitter lying on the slope is a circular boulder (conspicuous from the tor) which is frost-parted with a resultant sliced-cake effect. The uppermost of the two rock-piles is topped by a fine logan stone - easily moved on its east side - which contains a large pear-shaped rock basin."

Black Tor gives its name to the much-photographed Black Tor Falls down by the aforementioned river, a beautiful spot nestled in a small combe at SX 5748 7165. There is also a blowing house at the falls with, on the lintel, 'XIII' inscribed at SX 57488 71642.

Black Tor (Walkhampton)
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 5735 7177
Height:
376m
Parish:
Walkhampton
Tor Classification:
Spur
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Ordnance Survey
Reference:
Ordnance Survey Maps
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor
Dartefacts: Black Tor Falls Blowing House 'XIII' Lintel (330 m)

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