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Commons Crags

About 500 metres to the south-south-east of Clifford Bridge can be found a huge, vegetation-covered rock face on a sharp bend in the road as it continues its route eastward to the hamlet of Boyland and the village of Dunsford. The rock type here is, like all of the other exposed rock faces in this area, metamorphic and is often known as 'bad rock' on account of its apparent lack of usefulness as a building material since it is so easy to erode and crumble away.

The lowest crag is literally on the edge of the road and presents as a large mass of rock stretching further up the hill into private land, mostly decorated in moss with trees sprouting out of the rocks, all of which are contained within plot 221 that is marked as 'Commons' on Tithe Maps, hence the name.

Viewing the area from the east on the neighbouring hillside, called 'Boyland Down', which is represented as a viewpoint on information boards below, one will notice that the Crags continue the ascent up the precarious hillside with another exposed section of rock seen high above the stream before it passes under the road to reach the River Teign.

Commons Crags
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 784 893
Height:
105m
Parish:
Dunsford
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Access:
Private (but visible from public land)
Rock Type:
Metamorphic
Credit:
Max Piper
Paul Rendell
Reference:
Max Piper: Tors of Dartmoor
Devon County Council: Tithe Map of the Parish of Dunsford

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