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Broken Tor

It is quite surprising to see that this totally ruined tor set on the west bank of East Dart River does not appear anywhere in the Dartmoor literature until Tim Jenkinson's description in 2017. This is an alarming oversight given the extent of its rock field. How could anybody miss it? The whole area is a huge scattered sprawl of granite.

Admittedly of no great height the tor remnant is nonetheless impressive especially at the southern most end where the best bit is an immense elongated outcrop of rock of some 3 metres in height giving rise to a large clitter of huge boulders below. Further along the ridge in a northerly direction there are more low but substantial rocks with caves to view, culminating in a small isolated stack that is set close to a depressed cairn that is shown on OS maps at around SX 6373 8108.

More of the broken up tor extends to the north of here and when seen from the far side of the river to the east it presents as an immense sprawling rock field of some 250 metres in length south to north, but nothing of which is depicted by the OS at this point. The name of Broken Tor seems most appropriate given its appearance and great ruin on the hillside here.

Broken Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 638 808
Dartmoor Forest
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Tim Jenkinson
Tim Jenkinson: Dartmoor Magazine Winter 2017 pages 60-61 Dartmoor Discovered: The East Dart north of Postbridge Part 2

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