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Blackalder Tor

Black Alder Tor, Blackaller Tor, Higher Blackalder Tor

Perhaps one of south Dartmoor's most overlooked and neglected tors lies to the south of the village of Lee Moor, amid an area that since the 1830s has been much associated with the China Clay Industry. The tor itself is easily reached from the village walking south from the Old Post Office first along a rather roughshod road beside houses to the right and then continuing along a track where a higher part is first encountered at SX 568617.

This interesting section is separated by Paul Rendell (2019) from the main rocks into 'Higher Blackalder' but is essentially an outlying part of the much bigger group below. It is the beauty of the main stack situated a short distance from here that really commands attention. Strangely though the grand tor is hardly commented on by the main authors of the moor, namely Messrs Crossing and Hemery, who by their own scant comments imply that they may not have visited. Their fleeting remarks fail to do justice to the impressive rocks where the giant central granite pile dominates, this with strange distorted facial features as if casting a distaining look across the widening industrial wasteland, that by day and night grows ever deep and more obtrusive.

Largely obscured by the canopy of low oaks and rowan trees in the summer, that make the tor invisible from the main road below and that leading up into Lee Moor, its ruin nonetheless cascades almost to the highway's edge tossed and broken by a combination of nearly two centuries of work by clay cutters and road builders alike.

Blackalder 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 5685 6159
Shaugh Prior
Tor Classification:
Rock Type:
Ordnance Survey
William Crossing
Ordnance Survey Maps
William Crossing: Guide to Dartmoor
Paul Rendell: Dartmoor News Issue 169 July/August 2019: Exploring the Tors around Lee Moor

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