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Corndon North Tor

This is quite a large tor consisting of two distinct parts that are separated by two large cairns on Corndon Down well to the south of Cathanger Rock. Whilst the cairns are plainly shown on OS maps the outcrops either side of them are conspicuous by their absence.

Again it is Eric Hemery (1983) who first draws attention to the tor here calling it Corndon North Tor (CNT) which seems eminently sensible given its position but he then concentrates solely on the west side (grid: SX 685 747) where there is indeed a fine slab of bedrock culminating a large wall like rock face that oversees a fair sized clitter on the slope.

In 1996 Tim Jenkinson includes CNT in his Lesser Known Tor list, but adds the following information on the other part at grid SX 687 748; 'On the eastern side there is an area of great interest, that is strangely overlooked by the aforementioned author (Hemery). Here several small piles, the largest of which being a compact stack of some 10 feet in height, can be found at the westernmost extremity of a sprawling rock field.' From the same article TJ concludes: 'It is evident that the remains of Corndon North Tor scattered as they are across a large expanse of down on either side of the cairns, are proof of a once substantial tor at this site, that may have at one time have been equal to the magnitude of its celebrated neighbour to the south.'

Corndon North Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 686 747
Height:
420m
Parish:
Widecombe in the Moor
Tor Classification:
Emergent
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Eric Hemery
Reference:
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor
Tim Jenkinson: (1996) Lesser Known Tors of Dartmoor Part 2 Dartmoor Magazine Number 43 Summer

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