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Green Combe Gorge

At the start of Green Combe or Jurston Valley as it is sometimes known, just as the valley sides start to steepen the Curlicombe Brook gathers pace as it rushes through the narrowing of the banks on either side. Here the water skips and leaps through and over sections of granite bedrock to form a series of picturesque cascades and pools.

An impressive waterfall (SX 6937 8327) has formed beneath a jumble of rocks and surges under the overhanging branches of the trees. Lower down more granite boulders cling to the edge of the brook as it leaps through the gaps. Hemery likens the various falls and pools here to those of Henchertraw in Avon Country and even christens the Curlicombe ravine a 'gem in a granite setting' paying homage to William Crossing's book of the same name.

Above the steepest section as the brook levels out beneath the road there is set on the west bank of the mire at SX 69296 83146 a granite parish boundary stone inscribed NB/C for North Bovey and Chagford respectively.

Green Combe Gorge
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Grid Ref:
SX 694 833
Height:
350m
Parish:
North Bovey
Tor Classification:
Gorge
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Eric Hemery
Tim Jenkinson
Paul Buck
Reference:
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor
Tim Jenkinson / Paul Buck: Tors of Dartmoor

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