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Heckwood Tor

There are many interesting outcrops on this tor, which tumbles down the slope towards the boundary wall for the disused Heckwood Quarry. Excellent views of the sadly forbidden Rouge and Vixen Tors.

There is also a fine poised rock near the top which looks precarious, despite withstanding the harsh winds that the moor can bring. The tor outcrops extend for some 300 metres on a west-east axis.

Using Hemery to describe it; "North-east from Pu Tor, and situated near the brink of the high valley opposite the same fine rock-masses, is Heckwood Tor (1,054 feet). It is likely that the former abundance of oak woods on both valley sides gave the tor its name. Rock-basins of irregular shape are numerous, and the pillar-like pile was once higher, the original summit block now lying below it. The pile on the farther edge of the plateau stands on the brink of Heckwood Quarry, a late nineteenth-century working, where a fine dressed block still remains on the quarry floor." It should be said that the quarry that Hemery speaks of is not Heckwood Quarry, that lies below to the east.

Heckwood 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 5376 7382
Height:
321m
Parish:
Whitchurch
Tor Classification:
Emergent
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
William Crossing
Ordnance Survey
Reference:
Ordnance Survey Maps
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor

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