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Fox Tor (Fox Tor Mires)

Situated to the south of Whiteworks Tin Mine and the enigmatic Fox Tor Mires, this tor has three main outcrops. It is a wonderful tor, with interesting outcrops, one known as 'The Mammoth Skull'; a toppled piece of granite with two rock basins resembling eyes.

There is also the remains of an old letterbox site amid the summit rocks. Letterboxing is a popular pastime reaching its peak in the late 1980s early 90s. Literally thousands of boxes have been secreted across the moor hidden under rocks. But not everyone is a fan and the hobby has caused some problems with unmaintained boxes and inappropriate sites. Godfrey Swinscow, who was the head of Letterboxing for many years and instigator of the 100 club, passed away in 2018 aged 99 years.

It is Hemery who uses 'The Mammoth Skull' description; "The two northern piles of the tor, one bearing a shallow rock basin, constitute Eden Phillpott's "twin turrets", while the southern pile, the point of the triangle, possesses an object of great interest in the fallen summit-rock that bears on its surface two large basins like eye-sockets in the skull of a mammoth greater than pre-history ever knew. The larger of these two hollows has a diameter of three feet."

Fox Tor (Fox Tor Mires)
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 6261 6981
Height:
438m
Parish:
Dartmoor Forest
Tor Classification:
Spur
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Ordnance Survey
Reference:
Ordnance Survey Maps
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor

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