Great Staple Tor
Great Steeple Tor, Staple Tors, Great Roose Tor
Several great outcrops, an avenue, and rock basins are just some of Great Staple Tor's amazing features. Close to Merrivale and the B3357, this is a popular part of the moor for sightseers and photographers. It is a great example of a Summit Avenue Tor with prominent steeples, or towers, which have an excellent vista.
Crossing writes; "The rocks of Great Staple Tor assume very fantastic shapes, and in some instances are poised in such a manner as to induce the beholder to believe that a very slight effort would suffice to overthrow them. It is a striking tor from whichever side it is beheld, but becomes really impressive when closely approached."
In addition, Hemery; "The clitters on the north-east slope of the tor above Shilla Park and south-west slope above Beckamoor Combe include gigantic slabs that indicate the tor's former magnitude as something almost beyond speculation, certainly exceeding that of Hey Tor (Bovey) as we know it." Interestingly, Donn's Map of Dartmoor (1765) marks this tor as "Great Roose Tor" clearly marking Roose Tor further north of here.