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Boyland Down Crags

There are three exposures of rock that all reside in what Tithe Maps call 'Boyland Down', in plot 501. The westernmost, at SX 78619 89191 and pictured above, is a disappointing section of bedrock, barely protruding from the surface but with magnificent views of the valley below. A footpath ascends via steps up to this area with information boards down at the road marking this as a viewpoint worth seeing.

The middle crag, at SX 78663 88956 and pictured above, is a solitary boulder perched near the foot of the Down and is covered with ivy. Easily spotted from the footpath below beside the river, the position of this outcrop suggests it was exposed by river erosion.

The easternmost area of exposed rock, at SX 78933 88900 and pictured above and below, is the best of the group but is also the most difficult to reach and, to some extent, photograph. Sitting very high above the river on a slippery, vertical slope, the majority of the rocks are buried under gorse bushes but some, especially on the west side, are quite substantial where the trees and vegetation have given way. The views up and down the valley from this exposed spot are epic but be warned, the nature of this landscape is not for the faint-hearted and is potentially dangerous for the inexperienced.

Boyland Down Crags
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Grid Ref:
SX 789 889
Height:
140m
Parish:
Dunsford
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Metamorphic
Credit:
Max Piper
Paul Rendell
Reference:
Max Piper: Tors of Dartmoor
Devon County Council: Tithe Map of the Parish of Dunsford

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