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Chase Wood Rocks

Perched on the summit of Chase Wood within Holne Chase, facing north above the iron age hill fort below, this is a collection of short sedimentary outcrops with grand views glimpsed, through the trees, of the Webburn valley and Buckland Beacon.

The rocks are rather disappointing, even at close-quarters where they fail to appeal due to their lack of height. The lack of a core outcrop gives an underwhelming impression, but the position of the rocks deserves further investigation. When standing on the summit, looking down the hill on the north side, you will notice an abrupt drop that gives rise to a considerable clitter that can be glanced from a distance on the track below.

This clitter far outweighs the stature of the summit rocks and is indicative of a once much grander outcrop in the vicinity. When viewed from the outcrops of Buckland Beacon and Leigh Tor, Chase Wood is seen as a prominent eminence that rises above the lush gorge of Double Dart, and were it not for the trees its vistas would be spectacular, though now largely confined to whatever you can see through the trees which obscure a complete 360-degree panorama.

The rocks are dishevelled, cracked and highly weathered to the point where they are flung about the slopes in no particular arrangement, but the dense clitter is a reminder of its former glory. Chase Wood Rocks are situated on private land so please seek permission from the landowner before visiting.

Chase Wood 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 7224 7162
Height:
196m
Parish:
Holne
Tor Classification:
Summit
Access:
Private (seek permission)
Rock Type:
Sedimentary
Credit:
Paul Buck
Tim Jenkinson
Richard Flint
Reference:

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