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Great Rough Tor

Dartmoor Guides Paul Rendell and Keith Ryan have undertaken an extensive survey of Roughtor Plantation, locating various outcrops and boulders that are below the summit rocks of Rough Tor, and whilst many of them are found to be close together there is one outcrop in particular that is most striking and warranting further exploration.

Named 'Great Rough Tor' and first noted by Paul Rendell, this is a pretty impressive tor on the lower north-west slope of the Roughtor Plantation that culminates in granite stacks rising above the carpet of pine needles. The trees are quite sparse here which means more light gains access to the pale-coloured rocks which are readily visible thanks to the lack of moss. It is fun climbing up beside the impressive hanging rocks to the top where they seem to protrude from the valley side.

It is a rewarding tor to visit and compensation for the disappointing tor that was noted by oracles Crossing and Hemery much earlier as 'Rough Tor' which is situated high above. As with all of the outcrops in this area, straying from the logging tracks should be taken with care, and you should be attentive with your footing as the steep, wooded hillside is uneven and fraught with hazards such as slippery surfaces and fallen down branches and trees.

Great Rough 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 5720 6875
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Rock Type:
Paul Rendell
Dartmoor News, Issue 154 January/February 2017, "In Search of Rough Tor" p. 55.
Dartmoor Cam: Roughtor Plantation Tors

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