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Burnicombe Down Tor

This presents as a series of low fissured outcrops that are dotted with gorse and spread across that part of the moor known as Burnicombe Down about 3/4 mile north west of Bridford on the far eastern side of Dartmoor National Park.

Reaching no significant height the small tor's rocks look to be embedded in the hillside above the farm of the same name. We find reference, albeit not named, in a Geological Survey published in 1902; "On the hill east of Heltor Rock the granite exhibits thin shelvy pseudobedding, which, as the vertical joints are ill-developed, gives rise to low cake-like tors."

Completely overshadowed and, above reference withstanding, overlooked in the literature in favour of the nearby and legendary Hel Tor Rock this rather scruffy emergent tor is nonetheless worthy of some recognition as its shape and extent is quite well represented on Ordnance Survey Maps. Set in private enclosures it can be viewed from the roadside and was first brought to our attention by Steve Jenkins during his explorations of the area in c2012.

Burnicombe Down Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 802 869
Height:
315m
Parish:
Bridford
Tor Classification:
Emergent
Access:
Private (but visible from public land)
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Geological Survey Office (1902)
Steve Jenkins (2012)
Reference:
Geological Survey Office (1902): The Geology Of The Country Around Exeter (explanation of Sheet 325) p.14
Tim Jenkinson: East Dartmoor The Hidden Landscape: Rocks and Tors

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