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Chittaford Down Rocks

On the far north-west side of Chittaford (Chittleford) Down well beyond the Archerton Newtake is a fine spread of broken granite boulders where the valley side steepens sharply and a small brook gathers pace under the branches of a lone yet robust rowan tree. The rock field here is impressive cast across each side of the brook and some of the boulders resemble low outcrops especially on the north bank.

Eric Hemery captures the essence of the place 'Archerton Brook now crosses a plain and approaches a beautiful rock hollow beneath a large rowan tree on the edge of a scarp over which it makes a boulder strewn fall camouflaged by rushes.'

The views from the rocks are exceptional concentrated mainly to the north and east they take in the huge Broad Down and across the East Dart River is Hartland Tor at a similar elevation. An altogether special, secluded and lesser known location hardly ever visited by walkers the rocks on Chittaford Down can be reached by passing through two gates one on the lower fenced area above the track from Drift Lane Gate, locally Turf Road, and the other a large metal one on the higher boundary, but please remember to shut them tight behind you after passing through on the way up and back down.

Chittaford Down Rocks
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Grid Ref:
SX 6335 7935
Height:
410m
Parish:
Dartmoor Forest
Tor Classification:
Boulder
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Eric Hemery
Tim Jenkinson
Reference:
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor
Tim Jenkinson: Tors of Dartmoor

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