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Higher Swincombe Rocks

This is the main huge split outcrop/boulder at Higher Swincombe an extensive rock field close to the small Paignton (UDC) reservoir on the river (Swincombe Intake). The area is commented upon by Eric Hemery as a 'rock-field', but to Tim, this is a ruined tor clearly visible from the hillsides to the north.

The Wheal Emma Leat runs through the middle of the tor. Now dry, the leat was built in 1859, once collecting water from the River Swincombe as it flows past the eastern side of Fox Tor Mires and down the small valley. It transported water down to the River Mardle and then onto the Wheal Emma Copper Mine, north-west of Buckfastleigh.

The leat can be seen in the photo above as a dark line that contours the hillside.

Higher Swincombe Rocks
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Grid Ref:
SX 6342 7192
Dartmoor Forest
Tor Classification:
Rock Type:
Eric Hemery
Tim Jenkinson
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor
Tim Jenkinson: Lesser Known Tors and Rocks of Dartmoor

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