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Broadall Rocks

South-east of Broadall Head, on Penn Moor, this is a large area of scattered granite, a combination of clitter, substantial boulders and, further up the hill, small piles atop exposed slab-like bedrock. There are several interesting features, not least the gorgeous views southward towards Hawns and Dendles Wood; a small logan stone can be found at SX 61188 63604, the bedrock it's on containing a very shallow rock basin. East of here at SX 61363 63713 another shallow basin can be traced on a low boulder.

Seemingly mentioned by Eric Hemery (High Dartmoor p.238), he describes nearby Broadall Lake as it leaves its source south-east of Broadall Gulf; "On the right bank some way below the Gulf is the head of the old Cholwich Town clay-works leat (crossing Broadall Down, Ford Brook Head and the nose of Pen). At the foot of its upper reach the stream flows past a rock-field where one or two trees struggle to live, and on the east edge of which is a striking frost-parted rock."

The clitter itself is quite dense in places and spreads south from the high ground (just below 410m) down to the wall that separates High-house Waste from the moor proper. It is difficult to understand why this rock field has not been described in any great detail before, as other clitters on Dartmoor have names, many much smaller than what we have here. Perhaps this part of south Dartmoor was not surveyed in enough detail, or it is just an oversight, but whatever the case, it now has an appropriate name that Max Piper introduced in Dartmoor News (issue 181).

Broadall Rocks
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 611 635
Tor Classification:
Rock Type:
Max Piper
Beth Robotham
Reference / Further Reading:
Eric Hemery (1983): High Dartmoor
Max Piper: Dartmoor News Issue 181 Nov/Dec 2021: An Exploration of Penn Moor

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