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Braddon Tor

Hoax Tor, Samuel Tor, Rowter, Rowter Rocks, Rowter Moor Rocks, Broadtor, Broadown Tor, Broad Down Tor

This is a lesser-known tor that consists of sprawling rocks on the west side of Broad Down, parts of which possess some decent horizontal jointing in the granite. To the south of the wall another low lying outcrop can be seen. The full extent of this tor is shown on OS Maps but not named and to some extent it is depicted as much bigger than it actually is. The best part is probably that nearest the Cherry Brook where several distinctive outcrops with closely packed fissures in the granite are seen.

Hemery describes these outcrops as Rowter Moor Rocks but Brown (1995) introduces the name of Braddon Tor. It is also known by the letterboxing community as Hoax Tor, a name that is shown only on one map by the MOD that was published in 2007/8, although unfortunately no other OS Map to our knowledge acknowledges this name.

More recently, it acquired the name of 'Samuel Tor' with a plaque dedicated to Samuel Nigel George Ayers, a little boy who died in 2006.

Braddon Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 6226 7990
Dartmoor Forest
Tor Classification:
Rock Type:
Eric Hemery
Mike Brown
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor
Mike Brown: The Gazetteer of Dartmoor Names
Tim Sandles: Legendary Dartmoor: Hoax Tor (The Tor With No Name)

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