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Crip Tor (Tithe Map)

Inclined Plane Tor, Swell Tor Stack

Despite Ken Ringwood, in his book, placing Crip Tor at SX 5541 7268, the actual location for this tor is disputed, with other evidence placing it elsewhere. In Crossing's (1992) Dartmoor Worker Peninsula Press (page 73), we read the following extract concerning an excursion to the area by Reverend E.A. Bray; "He discovered that the workmen did not hesitate to vary or change the names of the tors as suited them, for the Swill Tor of a few days before had now become Swell Tor and rockpile above the quarry he was informed was Inclined Plane Tor! He does not seem to have pushed inquiries in this direction any farther, but contents himself with remarking that in his researches on the moor he could seldom meet with two persons who gave the same names to the tors."

But in his Guide, Crossing affords no description of Crip Tor, and Hemery only refers to the farm. Mike Brown, in his Gazetteer places it south-east of Swell, and there is evidence of this position being favoured on the Tithe Map for the Parish of Walkhampton. Much has been plundered by the extensive quarrying of the hill but the outcrop, often attributed to Swell Tor, is the likelier candidate for Crip Tor.

Ken's location is on Private Land, on a short rise at the back of a farm with the same name. It is a worthy contender, however, and consists of a number of large smooth rounded outcrops, with lower bedrock spilling beyond the fence into some almost impenetrable Open Access land.

Crip Tor (Tithe Map)
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 5615 7312
Tor Classification:
Rock Type:
Tithe Map of the Parish of Walkhampton
Mike Brown
Ken Ringwood
William Crossing
Devon Heritage Centre: Tithe Map for the Parish of Walkhampton
Mike Brown: A Gazetteer of Dartmoor Names
Ken Ringwood: Dartmoor's Tors and Rocks
William Crossing's (1992) Dartmoor Worker Peninsula Press

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