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Cripdon Down North Tor

Cripdon Down Tors, Blissamoor Rocks

There are four distinct outcrops scattered across Cripdon Down, the most prominent of which form two obvious clusters, named the North and South sections respectively. On the northern part of the down, some 400 metres away from the southern group, one outcrop has a flat logan rock, whilst the other downhill to the east rises to 2 metres on its east side with a resilient hawthorn growing from the cracked granite.

Eric Hemery (1983) mentions the rock piles here (High Dartmoor, p.724) but fails to give them an identity. However, Tim Jenkinson later remedied this in Dartmoor Magazine Spring edition 2000, providing the collective name for the group, his article concluding with; "These four wide spreading outcrops do not appear to have acquired a name apart from perhaps the obvious Cripdon Down Tors."

But the tor may possess another name. In 'South Devon Hounds Meet at Manaton' from November 13th 1925 we see a mention to 'Blissamoor Rocks'; "Going on to Cripdon Down hounds worked on by Blissamoor Rocks and Bowerman's Nose to Hayne Down, and thence crossed over to Hedge Barton." The name of 'Blissmoor' is displayed on current OS maps and is a name given to a house that sits at the northern foot of the Down. The rocks above Blissmoor are visible from the road to the east.

Cripdon Down North Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 7348 8071
Height:
360m
Parish:
Manaton
Tor Classification:
Summit
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
The British Newspaper Archive
Tim Jenkinson
Reference:
The British Newspaper Archive: South Devon Hounds Meet at Manaton (November 13th 1925)
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor
Tim Jenkinson: Dartmoor Magazine No 58 p.33, Spring 2000; 'Nameless Rock piles Field Notes and Photographs'.

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