The western flank of the High Willhays/Yes Tor upland shows several outcrops and extensive clitter. The most prominent of these, and the only ones marked on the OS map, are Fordsland Ledge and Black Tor. At roughly the same level as Black Tor, on the opposite side of the shallow, Fishcombe Water Valley, lies Fishcombe Lake Tor.
This is a small, granite outcrop with the ledge like structure typical of mid-slope rock formations. There is a fan of clitter
extending some distance downslope, which suggests that this is a collapsed tor, although it would never have been of more than moderate size.
The name derives from Hemery (High Dartmoor, p886), who speculates that the now obsolete name for the nearby stream, Fishcombe Lake, implies that the valley once held a body of water large enough to hold fish but subsequently drained due to tin workings. On the other hand, 'Lake' is a common name for small Dartmoor streams.
Fishcombe Lake Tor
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Reference / Further Reading:
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor
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