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Higher Castor

Jewel of the Copse

A quite magnificent tor comprising several sprawling outcrops, resides in Castor Copse. The highest rocks are situated on the east side (grid ref. SX 8005 8170) which extend for some 150 metres towards the Mixing Barn on Bell Lane (Slade Hill), above the track marked on old OS maps shown to the north. These rocks are mossy, broken, scattered and emergent.

However, the best outcrops have to be on the west side (grid ref. SX 7998 8165), where the land begins to fall away at a faster rate. At this point, the trees have become more sparse and the tor less obscured, an excellent viewpoint of which is now afforded from the top towards Slade Cross. There is an amazingly formed granite pillar near the summit, too, that appears to be propped up and was first noticed by Max Piper in 2018.

Interestingly, the Tithe Map for the Parish of Bovey Tracey marks the woodland here as 'Higher Catstors' and 'Lower Catstors', situated within 'Catstors Coppice' and 'Castor' certainly derived from this name. It is also likely the names 'Higher' and 'Lower' are referring to the outcrops here. Regardless, the area is on Private Land and permission should be sought.

Higher Castor
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 800 817
Height:
240m
Parish:
Bovey Tracey
Tor Classification:
Summit
Access:
Private (seek permission)
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Max Piper
Reference:

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