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Cuckoo Rock

You can't miss this pyramid piece of granite, nestled west of Combshead Tor, on the side of the Narrator Brook valley. The rock itself appears to be part of a ruined tor, with plenty of granite scattered across the slope.

Quite why this recognisable rock found itself with the name is unknown. It hardly resembles a cuckoo, as the top section is purported to do, so we can discount that particular theory. It may well be as simple as someone sighting, or hearing the elusive bird when in the vicinity.

Being one of the earliest locations for a letterbox on Dartmoor likely enhanced its fame and climbers are here regularly as it is also a popular area for bouldering.

Cuckoo Rock
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Grid Ref:
SX 5847 6871
Height:
317m
Parish:
Walkhampton
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
William Crossing
Ordnance Survey
Reference:
William Crossing: Guide to Dartmoor
Ordnance Survey Maps

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