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Hammerslake Tor

Donkey Cave, Donkey's Cave

A quite magnificent tor resides in the woodland above the hamlet of Hammerslake on the path to Lustleigh Cleave that was first described as a tor by Paul Buck in 2016. This is below the more well-known Sharpitor and due to its lack of vegetation is perhaps the grander of the two rockpiles that is more readily accessed.

The lower pile is the most striking feature here, a huge cave that was dubbed 'Donkey's Cave' by Liz Jones in her book entitled 'Circular Walks on Eastern Dartmoor' (1997), although the exact reasoning for the name 'Donkey' remains unknown. Hammerslake Tor is the first outcrop encountered when walking up the steep, rocky path to the Cleave and several huge boulders are noticed before reaching the most distinctive section.

The inside is quite damp and dark, but it nonetheless forms a good shelter. More details about Hammerslake Tor can be found in Issue 132 of Dartmoor Magazine (2018) by Tim Jenkinson. There is a fine pair of slotted gateposts at the foot of the giant rocks at SX 77304 81595, one of which supports a boulder possessing a gate hook.

Hammerslake Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 7726 8153
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Rock Type:
Paul Buck
Reference / Further Reading:
Jenkinson, T. (2018): The Rock Piles of East Dartmoor: The Hidden Landscape Part 1, Dartmoor Magazine 132, pp.38-39
Jones, L. (1997): Circular Walks on Eastern Dartmoor

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