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Dog Marsh South Tor

Situated a short way to the north of the Two Moors Way as it runs from the parking spaces at Dogamarsh Bridge out to Hunter's Tor well to the east of the A382, there is an interesting small and little-known tor hidden in a pretty bluebell copse, noted by Tim Jenkinson in 2013. Many of the large boulders here are part involved with the trees that have somehow wrapped themselves around the granite in a quite magical way to form some fascinating shapes and contortions.

As this area is private land please observe any signage in evidence. There is a field gate down at the south west corner of the wood with then a gentle stroll to the summit where among others two prominent round and fissured outcrop type rocks form a mini avenue between. Other large moss-covered boulders jut from the wooded floor here and there is a distinct feel of a rarely visited place even though literally thousands of people will have passed along the path a mere 200 metres or so to the south.

We find an earlier description of the tor here, albeit failing to name it, by Ian West (2010) who describes it as a "SMALL GRANITE TOR JUST BEYOND THE NORTHERN MARGIN OF THE RIVER TEIGN FLOODPLAIN." He continues: "This exposure of hard jointed Dartmoor granite projects above the general ground level near Dogmarsh Bridge. Tree roots have penetrated some of the joints in the granite. As they enlarge they will gradually break up the rocky exposure."

Dog Marsh is shown on old Ordnance Survey maps as a large shaded area of bog but the copse itself is a little way beyond that. The best time of year to visit is in May or June when the flowers are at their best and give added splendour to this intriguing little pile.

Dog Marsh South Tor
The map above is not a navigation tool and we recommend that the grid reference shown below is used in conjunction with an Ordnance Survey map and that training in its use with a compass is advised.
Grid Ref:
SX 716 895
Tor Classification:
Private (but visible from public land)
Rock Type:
Tim Jenkinson
Reference / Further Reading:
Tim Jenkinson: East Dartmoor The Hidden Landscape: Rocks and Tors (published privately)
Geology of Dartmoor: Ian West (2010)

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