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Great Wood Tor

Fallen Bird Rock

Almost as soon as you pass through the small gateway off the road below Caseley Court, a number of quite imposing large moss and vegetation-covered boulders can be seen above the path on the left-hand side at SX 7846 8194. The rocks here are indicative of a much larger pile that is set somewhere on the wooded slope above and to the west, possibly overlooking the nearby house. Collectively, this is known as 'Great Wood Tor', the name of which is shown for this plot of land on Tithe Maps and is therefore a suitable appellation.

The upper section of the tor (SX 7835 8187 and SX 7834 8196) presents as a series of huge mossy boulders culminating in two giant rounded outcrops, the lower of which resembles a fallen bird. The stature of the rocks is impressive, particularly from the underside and were it not for the trees we would have a dramatic rocky hill overlooking the Wray Brook in the valley below.

The footpath threads its way through the wood in a northerly direction here where other outcrops sited in the Cleave, documented elsewhere, are dotted across the hillside to the west. Please be warned that after a few hundred metres or so the narrow path shown on OS maps mysteriously fizzles out into a dismal boggy tract that is soon lost under low trees and bushes on the way to Tennacott.

Please note, this outcrop was visited back in 2016 when access was unclear. It has now been confirmed that NO ACCESS is afforded to this site and you should respect the wish of the current landowner.

Great Wood 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 7835 8187
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Private (NO ACCESS)
Rock Type:
Tim Jenkinson
Tim Jenkinson: East Dartmoor The Hidden Landscape: Rocks and Tors

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