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Cathanger Rock

Charlie's Rocks

Of curious name, Cathanger Rock is the most northerly outcrop on that part marked as Corndon Down. First described by Eric Hemery in 1983 the 'Rock' here is actually a picturesque small tor which is surprisingly prominent when viewed from the north and better still on the south west side beside Yar Tor.

We later learn from the author that the name of Cathanger is probably linked to the lair of the wildcat that used to inhabit the rocks here, supposedly hidden in the cave under the overhang. On the west side of the main outcrop is a sprawling and heavy clitter that is most difficult to walk through and Hemery advises that this is known locally as Charlie's Rocks.

The OS representation of the whole of Corndon Down is very disappointing with none of the outcrops shown apart from Corndon Tor that is well to the south of some other sizeable rocks such as Corndon North Tor. This omission leads the exasperated author to remark that Cathanger Rock 'is not vouchsafed even the faintest of markings by OS.' It is on reflection a terrible oversight.

Cathanger Rock
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SX 6839 7497
Widecombe in the Moor
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Eric Hemery
Eric Hemery: Walking Dartmoor's Ancient Tracks A guide to 28 routes, 1986, Robert Hale London.
Tim Jenkinson: East Dartmoor The Hidden Landscape: Rocks and Tors

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