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Homerton Hill Rocks

Situated above the right bank of the West Okement, on the south-west side of Homerton Hill, can be found this tor remnant, a scattered rock field with numerous low outcrops an obvious sight from the track below. Whilst Eric Hemery does mention the rocks in High Dartmoor on page 903, he describes the area as a 'clitter' which is not entirely true.

Visible from the opposing hillside, where Shelstone Tor resides, this ruined tor here has received little if any attention in the literature which in part might be due to its neighbour being the more stately formation. Regardless, at close-quarters the granite here is substantial and is indicative of a once much larger rockpile in the vicinity. The lowest rocks are scattered through an area of sparse trees in a sheltered spot, reaching as far down as the river which in itself is a mighty force after heavy rain.

These rocks sit below the spur known as Homerton Hill, known for its impressive cairn cemetery. According to Jeremy Butler, it is the site of "at least twenty round or oval cairns" and you'll find one of the finest positioned kistvaen or cists you'll see at SX 56156 90661 which Butler goes on to describe; "The pit at the centre of one small cairn (3.5 x 0.3m) at the north end of the group has a cist 1.1m long which takes up most of the mound. Two sides and an end slab remain in place, the flat stone nearby probably being the missing capstone." It is well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Homerton Hill Rocks
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Grid Ref:
SX 5596 9004
Height:
370m
Parish:
Okehampton Hamlets
Tor Classification:
Ruined
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Paul Buck
Tim Jenkinson
Max Piper
Reference:
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor
Jeremy Butler: Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities Volume Two - The North
Paul Buck, Tim Jenkinson and Max Piper: Tors of Dartmoor

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