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Heltor Rock

Hel Tor, Hel Tor Rock, Whitestone, Hell Tor

Along with Blackingstone Rock one mile to the south-west, Hel Tor is an outstanding landmark within the parish of Bridford. A giant outcrop with deep fissures and splits, a series of jagged seams run through the granite. There are some exceptional rock basins on its summit and the views from here are superb. Surrounded by Private Land but commonsense prevails and this outcrop sits within a small piece of Open Access, reached by a permitted footpath from the road southward.

Crossing says of this magnificent formation (p268); "About 1 m. N. of Bridford, and on a hill that sweeps abruptly down to the Teign, is Hel Tor, whence the climber to its breezy summit looks over a wide extent of East Devon, the panorama being as beautiful as it is varied."

There is a legend associated with how both this and Blackingstone Rock were formed, best told by Crossing; "...Like Hel Tor, it is seen for many miles round, but according to tradition there was a time when these tors were not to be seen at all. This tells us that on the hills on which they are placed King Arthur and the Evil One once took their stand and threw quoits at each other, an encounter in which the latter was defeated. As the quoits fell they became changed into rocks, and thus the masses that we now look upon were formed."

Heltor Rock
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 7996 8704
Height:
324m
Parish:
Bridford
Tor Classification:
Summit
Access:
Private (but accessible)
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Ordnance Survey
William Crossing
Reference:
Ordnance Survey Maps
William Crossing: Guide to Dartmoor

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