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Fernstone Tor

Higher Well Stone

This cluster of dark mossy rocks can be located on the northern edge of a small copse to the east of Manaton village behind the property known as 'Fernstone'. Frustratingly difficult to view as the rocks are partly obscured by the trees, they are best seen from the public bridleway to the north that runs between the village and Horsham.

The tor straddles plots 648 and 650 on Tithe Maps which are called 'Higher Well Stone' and 'Higher Moor' respectively. Perhaps the former name is referring to this outcrop which is not far from neighbouring plot 649 'Lower Well Stone'. It is possible. There is also a possibility that more of the tor extends downhill and further into the woodland with only its summit rocks visible from public land.

Fernstone Tor is best viewed during winter months when the vegetation adjacent to the bridleway has died back. On the bridleway near the field gate on the eastern side at SX 75191 81393 is a solitary holed stone which was once used to serve as a gate support, but now it is redundant with what was presumably another beside it no longer in situ.

Fernstone Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 752 813
Height:
265m
Parish:
Manaton
Tor Classification:
Small
Access:
Private (but visible from public land)
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Tim Jenkinson
Reference:

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