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Feather Tor

Fede Tor

Feather Tor is a small tor on Whitchurch Common, not too far from the B3357 road at Pork Hill. To the east lies Vixen Tor, and to the south is Pew Tor. The best known feature in the area has to be Windy Post Cross, a cross thought to have been placed here in the 16th century, beside the Grimstone and Sortridge Leat.

It is a good example of an Emergent Tor, where not all of the granite has fully emerged from the surface. When viewed from Barn Hill, one has little clue as to the true size of the tor, as it only seems to consist of two minor humps of grass. But, when seen from the south, it is a large wall of granite, encompassing horizontal jointing in thick layers.

Hemery is quite brief, however; "To return to the crest of the high valley side half a mile west-south-west of Vixen Tor is to reach a rock-pile of entire dissimilarity; yet its clitter is so dense on the east side as to indicate the former magnitude of Feather Tor (1,000 feet)."

Feather Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 5349 7416
Height:
313m
Parish:
Whitchurch
Tor Classification:
Emergent
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Ordnance Survey
Reference:
Ordnance Survey Maps
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor

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