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East Tor

There is some contention as to both the validity and actual location of this tor. Why it is singled out from the rest of the outcrops of Sourton is not immediately clear and Terry Bound claims it could be a misnomer as "it's west of the main tors on Sourton's rocky outpost, as well as being on the north-west edge of Dartmoor."

But William Crossing places it elsewhere. Describing his route from the east, he says: "Climbing the slight ascent to the Sourton Tors we shall find ourselves among the scattered rock clusters covering the greater part of the hill. The principle pile, at the N.W. of the groups, is known as East Tor, that being its relative situation to the village of Sourton."

To add further to the confusion, Ken Ringwood says it is "The second most southerly outcrop around Sourton Tors." which puts him at odds with Crossing and preferring the location stated by Bound.

East Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 5399 8971
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Rock Type:
William Crossing
Ordnance Survey
William Crossing (1912): Guide to Dartmoor
Terry Bound (1991): The A to Z of Dartmoor Tors
Ken Ringwood (2013): Dartmoor's Tors and Rocks
Ordnance Survey Maps

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