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Copplestone Rock

Situated high above the appropriately named 'Rock House', on the far north-eastern edge of the National Park, can be found a modest lesser-known outcrop, seemingly forgotten in time after it was removed from OS maps in the early 20th Century.

Marked as 'Copplestone Rock' on the old maps it can easily be found on the east side of the minor road leading away from Woodlands Farm towards Bridford. The definition of 'Copple' is 'Something rising in a conical shape; a hill rising to a point.' and when stood at the verge it certainly fits, but this angle fails to reveal the impressive wall on the north-east side which is quite intimidating at close quarters. The feature is accentuated with patches of vibrant moss which creates a stark contrast against the dark grey mass, and, when circumnavigated, demonstrates its metamorphic geology to good effect, with sharp edges encompassing much of its composition.

The outcrop was rediscovered in 2019 by the Tors of Dartmoor team to bring it back into the consciousness of the public for a new generation.

Copplestone Rock
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 8168 8765
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Private (but visible from public land)
Rock Type:
Ordnance Survey
National Library of Scotland: OS 25 Inch, 1892-1914
Tim Jenkinson (2021): Bridford and Christow: Some Tors and Rocks Explored Dartmoor Magazine number 144 Winter

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