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Great Brake Tor

In what is very much a lesser-known part of East Dartmoor downhill and well to the south of Lower Elsford immediately below an enclosed part of land that is shown as 'Great Brake' (plot 67) on Tithe Maps, is a secluded small tor noted for its exceptional views from the summit rock.

In essence it is mostly obscured set deep in gorse and fern especially in the summer months and is therefore quite difficult to approach but does have a good central fissured outcrop. The clamber to the top is certainly well worth the effort for a stunning panorama unfolds out towards Lustleigh to the south and much further beyond where the tips of the twin bosses of Haytor Rocks are just visible on the distant horizon. Whilst the tor is on private land there are a number of tumbled down walls through which it can be reached.

A public footpath runs to the west but it is at some distance from the rocks so it requires some effort. Faint dark lines marked on modern OS maps indicate the presence of a small tor at this point and those who persevere will not be disappointed by the scenery on offer.

Great Brake Tor
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 7934 8238
Bovey Tracey
Tor Classification:
Private (but accessible)
Rock Type:
Max Piper
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