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Blackadon Lower North Tor

There is a small tor comprising two main outcrops on the lower northern slopes of Blackadon Down some 200 metres or so from Blackadon Tor. Unlike the top of the Down which is a bracken moorland, this lone outcrop resides on the steep wooded slopes above Lizwell Meet and its surroundings are quite unlike its more well-known neighbour.

The tor essentially consists of two rocks that are embedded into the steep incline of the hill, the lower of which takes on a rounded form from the underside. The granite here is best seen from below where it presents as two minor walls with a mix of brambles, moss and leaves cresting its top.

The woodland on these slopes can be a dark and ominous place to be, especially in winter evenings where the sun dips behind the summit of the Down long before sunset, thanks to the deep indentation of the valley. It can create a spooky atmosphere that is not for the faint-hearted.

The woods are owned and managed by Devon Wildlife Trust and although public access is afforded, the visitor should be vigilant when traversing the slopes as they can be slippery even after a dry spell, and in the summer months the Down can be choked in bracken making for a difficult descent. Sufficiently detached from the main group to warrant its own identity, Blackadon Lower North Tor was first described in 2017 by Paul Buck along with many other rocks in the area.

Blackadon Lower North Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 7126 7355
Height:
210m
Parish:
Widecombe in the Moor
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Paul Buck
Reference:

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