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Great Stone

The Tithe Map for the Parish of Christow reveals a plot of land north-west of Bowden Farm called 'Great Stone', but this emergent outcrop originally came to our attention, via Facebook, by Peter and Karin Brooks who photographed it in 2016. It was also likened to a 'tomb' by Lucy Bruckner, and whilst the boulder resting on its lower eastern edge does give it the appearance of a door ajar, with a crypt within, in truth there is no cavern, just a small space for an ash to find shelter in its infancy before tackling the elements as it matures.

Whilst on private land, Great Stone is accessible thanks to a public bridleway that passes a few metres below it through the field. Moss skirts the outcrop's northern edges while thin patches of lichen, with a green oxidised copper hue, have slowly formed across its top and southern facing parts, finding anchor on the rough granite's xenoliths and feldspar megacrysts.

Its lowly stature is compensated by the lack of any other rock formation around. Walking in the area it is evident how close to the surface the granite bedrock is, but examples of an outcrop are few, with Clampitt Rocks South, about half a kilometre away to the west, being the nearest.

Great Stone
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Grid Ref:
SX 8200 8467
Tor Classification:
Private (but accessible)
Rock Type:
Peter Brooks / Karin Brooks
Devon County Council: Tithe Map of the Parish of Christow
Tim Jenkinson (2021): Bridford and Christow: Some Tors and Rocks Explored Dartmoor Magazine number 144 Winter

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