Bruce's Pond Rocks
This small hillside tor lies above the manmade pool that is known as Bruce's Pond in the Canonteign Estate. The rocks actually span both sides of the stream that tumbles down the hillside culminating in 'Clampitt Falls', but it is the cluster on the north side that grabs your attention, their sharp-edged sides immediately warranting a second look as you cross the footbridge. Return visits to the area in June and July 2021 by members of the ToD team revealed extensive felling that although has caused the main rocks to become a little more visible, parts of them are now lost to a wall of dishevelled and discarded tree branches. It is hoped that this is just a temporary measure, and the debris will soon be lifted to allow visitors to observe the rocks once again properly from the path below.
The attraction advises visitors to stick to the marked footpaths to prevent disturbance to wildlife, and as the rocks are so close there is little reason to stray. The south rocks are less impressive but cover a larger area; they are essentially crumbling cliff faces that were likely exposed as a result of river erosion and their position on the steep valley side overlooking this picturesque little valley is quite striking.
Although Bruce's Pond Rocks reside on private land they can be accessed if you are willing to pay the modest entrance fee to view the celebrated waterfall which is much higher up the slope and best appreciated from the aforementioned footbridge where one can look up to gaze at its sheer size and height.