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Bovey Rock

After an excursion to Bonehill Rocks the quote from Eric Hemery is thus; "The pile next southward on the high valley side, which here is known as 'Tor Hill', is Bovey Rock, a small, shapely one standing near the south side of Widecombe Hill - that is, the road coming up from Widecombe."

This is certainly a more 'small' and 'shapely' outcrop that is much closer to the road than the larger pile higher up Widecombe Hill, which is nearer to Mike Brown's estimate and Ken Ringwood's site but better named as Lower Top Tor.

A comprehensive review of the two locations is given by Tim Jenkinson (2019) in Dartmoor Magazine where he offers support for the lower rock which better fits Hemery's description.

Bovey Rock
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Grid Ref:
SX 7299 7667
Height:
330m
Parish:
Widecombe in the Moor
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Eric Hemery
Reference:
Eric Hemery (1983): High Dartmoor
Tim Jenkinson: Dartmoor Discovered: Bovey Rock on Widecombe Hill Dartmoor Magazine No 135 Summer p38-39 (2019)
Ken Ringwood (2013): Dartmoor's Tors and Rocks

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