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Dickford Bridge Tor

First espied by Tim Jenkinson in July 2015 this is a surprisingly prominent cluster of rocks set at about 150 metres to the north of Dickford Bridge that in turn is half a mile eastward of North Bovey. The main part of the small tor sits in a private field and presents as a large horizontal oval rock that is perched upon a smaller outcrop. It has a distinct and quite unusual, rounded appearance when viewed from a gate on the old byway that once passed up from the village to Barnecourt. Nowadays this a very muddied passageway becoming a mere foot and cycle path that has deteriorated considerably with a few flooded sections to negotiate in the winter months.

When Tim visited the gateway leading out towards the small tor was accessible, but it has since been barricaded to stop visitors from making what is the short trek across the field. Whilst this is regrettable the tor's main outcrop can still be seen from the opening beside the track and long-range photographs can be taken of the pile that is part overwhelmed by trees and bushes but with the promise of perhaps a little more granite on the slope above. Wintertime sees the outcrop at its best when all the vegetation dies away.

Very close to the parish boundary with Lustleigh, the tor is just to the north of where there is a fairly new oblong bound stone that was set onto the north parapet of the old bridge in 2015. Looking a little out of place and rather unsightly it nonetheless bears the letters NB to the left and L to the right, to signify the parish division at this point.

Whilst it is disappointing to be no longer able to see the small tor at close quarters and walk among the rocks, it still has a lot of character and is certainly unusual not only for its shape but also with it jutting from the hillside and so very low down the slope.

Dickford Bridge Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 748 838
Height:
205m
Parish:
North Bovey
Tor Classification:
Small
Access:
Private (but visible from public land)
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Tim Jenkinson
Reference:
Tim Jenkinson: East Dartmoor The Hidden Landscape: Rocks and Tors

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