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Hingston Hill Tor

Hingston Tor

Much less prominent than its illustrious neighbours Down and Combeshead Tors, the hill on which this shattered pile resides at SX 5857 6915 is nonetheless of equal elevation. Described as "wholly disintegrated" by Hemery the tor consists of three small outcrops of which the highest is also the most ruinous and flattened. The largest remnant is the most southern where square blocks of rock form a compact pile that presides over a large rock field extending to the south and west. At its highest it reaches a meagre 6 foot on the western side. The third group the westernmost, is almost totally ruined, its large flat rocks having crumbled and collapsed, it sits approximately 100 yards above the ancient newtake walls of the Deancombe Farm enclosures.

Indeed, the scene is also described by Dr. Peter Sanders and Alan Watson in 1996; "Hingston Hill is well known for its stone row but there is also a significant tor on the hilltop. The rocks are scattered with much clitter but they are clearly visible from Combeshead and Down Tors."

Despite its broken crown, the views from the top of the hill are exhilarating. For example, visible as from most parts, the expanse of Burrator Reservoir glimmers to the west, Gutter Tor rises southwards and to the north many distant tors can be viewed including Cox, Staples, Roos and Great Mis Tor. North eastwards of the hill runs a single stone row measured by Hemery as 1,145 feet in length, of which the tallest stone of near menhir proportions reaches almost 10 feet in height.

Hingston Hill Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 5857 6915
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Tim Jenkinson
Alan Watson
Dr. Peter Sanders
Reference / Further Reading:
Tim Jenkinson: Lesser Known Tors and Rocks of Dartmoor
Dr. Peter Sanders and Alan Watson: Tors List 380 Tors Visitations (published privately)
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor (1983)

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