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Greator Rocks

Grea Tor, Grea Tor Rocks, Grey Tor, Grettor Bridge, Leighon Tor (Rowe)

South-east of Hound Tor, this is a huge mound of granite above the Becka Brook, known as Greator Rocks, with jagged outcrops protruding upwards like teeth. It is fun to scale.

Crossing sets the scene; "Grea Tor, which is not quite 1/2 m. S.E. of Hound Tor, is one of the most beautiful on the moor, and is draped in a similar manner to Manaton Rocks and Hucken Tor. Springing from the crevices of the grey rocks, that rise like a stately tower from the turf, are ferns and whortleberry plants, and the graceful quickbeam, partly shrouding them as perchance they did long ago when a maiden walked with her lover here at eventide."

There seems to be some confusion as to the names of the tors in Hound Tor Combe, the most notable perhaps being Smallacombe Rocks, on the other side of the valley, being mistaken for "Grea Tor", which is here. However, another tor on the opposite side, Leighon, has also been used as a name for this outcrop, by Rowe; "West of Grea Tor on the other side of the Becka Brook. Sometimes called Leighon Tor". It now, however, is generally accepted that Leighon Tor is another tor below Black Hill at SX 7584 7868 as marked by several prominent Dartmoor authors.

Greator Rocks
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 7470 7860
Height:
371m
Parish:
Manaton
Tor Classification:
Spur
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Ordnance Survey
William Crossing
Reference:
Ordnance Survey Maps
William Crossing: Guide to Dartmoor & Amid Devonia's Alps
Samuel Rowe: A Perambulation of Dartmoor

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