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Higher Woolholes

Modern maps collectively call these slopes 'Woolholes' but it is Crossing who first mentions it, in passing, as two separately named areas; "Keeping near the boundary hedge L. he will pass above the two clatters that stream down into the river, known as Woolholes and Higher Woolholes, in which Reynard sometimes finds a shelter."

It is Hemery who gives a better clue as to the actual locations; "The west foot of Dockwell Ridge is Woolholes Plain, on which lie Woolholes Clitter and Higher Woolholes Clitter... An old enclosure-wall, much overgrown, runs up the hillside from the rocks of Higher Woolholes Clitter, turns southward and drops to the valley floor opposite Brent Moor House."

This, the higher "clatter" on Woolholes Plain, is the more impressive of the two. As you approach using a re-entrant on the slopes, the best pile sits to your left, large blocks that resemble an outcrop rather than clitter. To the right, the more stereotypical look to this type of formation applies. The area is overgrown with bracken and the majority of the rocks are hidden beneath your feet so tread carefully when bagging both this and the lower section.

Higher Woolholes
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 6821 6385
Height:
290m
Parish:
South Brent
Tor Classification:
Clitter
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
William Crossing
Reference:
William Crossing: Guide to Dartmoor
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor

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