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Cox Tor

Cocks Tor, Cocks' Tor

This is an extensive, albeit scattered, non-granite tor on the fringe of western Dartmoor. The summit has a trig pillar, and a few cairns further north from which to enjoy the vista.

Crossing calls the hill Cocks' Tor Hill. He describes the fabulous views from the summit; "The view from this commanding border height, which attains an elevation of 1,452 feet, is very fine. Northward, beyond White Tor, is seen the ridge above the Rattle Brook, from which rise the rocks of Hare Tor and Great Links Tor; across the Beckamoor Dip eastward are the Staple Tors and Roose Tor, and further away the great crown of Mis Tor. To the south is the common above Sampford Spiney, with Vixen Tor and Pu Tor. From this the cultivated land stretches away to the groves of Mount Edgcumbe, and thence, ranging westward, the eye looks upon a diversified tract of country, backed by the Cornish hills. In the valley at our feet, as it were, is the town of Tavistock."

An interesting characteristic about this tor are the several earth hummocks; grassy mounds that relate to the geology in uniform; as mentioned not composed of granite. What is also noticeable is that the clitter is different to that of a classic granite tor where in this case, it is much more sparse and many rocks protrude sharply from the ground. This can be seen all over the hill, especially to the south of the trig point towards the car park at Pork Hill.

Cox Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 530 762
Peter Tavy
Tor Classification:
Rock Type:
William Crossing
Ordnance Survey
Ordnance Survey Maps
William Crossing: Guide to Dartmoor

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