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Higher Knowle Wood North

Deep into the heart of Higher Knowle Wood there are three gigantic and dark vegetation-covered boulders of almost outcrop proportions, the largest of which is the lowest. Although of no great height above the ground they somewhat enclose this part of the woodland as if to create a small amphitheatre. The woodland here is owned by the Woodland Trust and a wide public footpath threads its way through the top, but because these rocks are set off slightly to the south-west they don't appear to have been noticed nor described before with the only mention we can find being on the OS Map of 1981, and latterly Tim Jenkinson in October 2015 on his Flickr Photostream.

The Woodland Trust have also produced a Management Plan for 2017-2022 which states that "Exposures of granite occur throughout the site, especially on the slopes, and are a feature typical of Dartmoor woods. The wood is of a mature high forest structure, which sits prominently with the local landscape, and with occasional areas of coppice along the rides, boundaries and beneath the canopy".

Although the boulders themselves are quite pleasing to the eye on account of the moss cladding and vegetation that grips tightly to the rocks' substance, there is a sense of disappointment when other nearby and more striking rockpiles such as Knowle Rocks, Loxter Tor and Higher Knowle Wood South are within easy reach.

Higher Knowle Wood North
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Grid Ref:
SX 7930 8074
Lustleigh (formerly Bovey Tracey)
Tor Classification:
Private (but accessible)
Rock Type:
Tim Jenkinson
Tim Jenkinson: East Dartmoor The Hidden Landscape: Rocks and Tors
Woodland Trust: Higher Knowle Wood 2017-2022 Management Plan

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