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Cripdon Down South Tor

Cripdon Down Tors, Cribbern Tor

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 southern part of the down, some 400 metres away from the northern group, one outcrop has a superb rock basin of some scale, whilst smaller outcrops appear flatter in stature, forming a sizeable cluster easily visible from the road leading to Heatree Cross from Swallerton Gate. It is entirely possible that Ormerod (1859) first noted the phenomenon here and recorded it in his catalogue under the name of Cribbern Tor describing it as 'irregular'. Once again as with all good-sized basins it traps water. There are three other examples on the same outcrop two of which are miniscule

Eric Hemery mentions the rock piles here but fails to give them an identity. However, Tim Jenkinson later remedied this in Dartmoor Magazine No 58 p.33, Spring 2000; 'Nameless Rock piles Field Notes and Photographs'.

Cripdon Down South Tor
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SX 7318 8044
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Eric Hemery
Tim Jenkinson
Tim Jenkinson: Dartmoor Magazine No 58 p.33, Spring 2000; 'Nameless Rock piles Field Notes and Photographs'.

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