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Dewerstone West

Pixie Rock, Devil's Rocks

About 400 metres to the west of the main Dewerstone crags is another large tor hidden away in the trees amid a tangle of briars and bracken. Set on mostly unstable and difficult walking ground the tor is nonetheless a fine spectacle of at least two broken piles on the slope under the old mine/quarry track.

It is possible that this is also the Devil's Rocks referred to by Don Balkwill (2008) in the Book of Shaugh Parish in keeping with the idea that The Devil had some influence in this area and gave his name to several features.

Higher up the slope beside the aforementioned track is the peculiar contorted rock pillar known locally as Pixie Rock (The Pixie). The shape of the rock is distinctive and merits an identity but might have been accidentally crafted and left by the quarrymen when the track was driven through the main granite masses here in the late 19th Century. More huge outcrops overlook the pathway to the north-east of here to support this assertion, and here above us, we have an immense breathtaking hillside of ruined, split and plundered rock. We have given it the grid ref of the lower pile, at SX 5344 6375, but it extends east to SX 5352 6375 and up to SX 5349 6381 and SX 5353 6388.

Dewerstone West
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Grid Ref:
SX 5344 6375
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Rock Type:
Paul Buck
Max Piper: The Tors and Rocks West of Cadover Bridge (Part 1)
Tim Jenkinson: Lesser Known Tors and Rocks of Dartmoor
Don Balkwill: Book of Shaugh Parish (2008)

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