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Great Stennent Tor

Great Stennents Tor, Wydemeet Rocks

There are a series of low flattened and fissured outcrops mainly on the western slope of the enclosure that is recorded as Great Stennents (Stennent) on the Tithe Map of the 19th Century. One of the largest piles is at the southern end of the group (SX 6480 7319) which is easily accessed via a gate from the road near to Sherberton Bridge but the terrain ahead is rough and marsh ridden often choked in gorse and briar in the summer months.

There are also outcrops at SX 6481 7330 and SX 6493 7337, the latter of which is some 200 metres north of the southernmost pile. Whilst on the ground the visitor gets the feel of entering private land but it is nonetheless clearly marked as open access on OS maps and actually has an ill defined riverside footpath running through its entirety.

The reluctance to enter might have contributed to the tor's neglect over the decades. The area is briefly mentioned by Eric Hemery but he fails to do justice to the various rocky outcrops that extend through the grid square SX 6473. The rock field on the hillside to the east of Sherberton Farm was recently recorded by Steve Grigg and we are grateful to him for notification of the existence of a lowly but quite extensive tor here.

Great Stennent 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 648 732
Dartmoor Forest
Tor Classification:
Rock Type:
Steve Grigg
Reference / Further Reading:
Eric Hemery (1983): High Dartmoor
Max Piper: Great Stennent Tor

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