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Honeybag North Tor

In January 2013, Tim Jenkinson was reminded by Steve Jenkins of the existence of a tor that sits some 200 metres or so to the north of the main Honeybag Tor where a much smaller but quite separate outlying group of three main piles reside.

Honeybag Tor is a massive heaped pile where a confusing array of outcrops are spread across the hillside, but there is an intriguing distant northern outlier that possesses two rock basins on its north-east pile, at SX 7287 7899. Here a few moorland trees have taken refuge at what is the northern termination point of the long Bonehill Down range of tors, a great ridge that starts at Wittaburrow in the south that encompasses numerous celebrated tors including Bonehill Rocks and Chinkwell Tor. Views from Honeybag North Tor embrace parts of what Hemery calls the Eastern Highlands, especially the dominant Hameldown Ridge to the west and Easdon Down to the north, unfortunately the rising hillside to the south obscures further vistas in that direction.

But it is this lesser-known section of the ridge that commands interest, as there is another rockpile close by at SX 7283 7893 that, with some artistic license, resembles an alien head, and more rocks are scattered on the west slope. It is important to note that as lovely as the tor and views are, in summer the terrain becomes choked in bracken that, along with gorse and whortleberry plants, conceals loose rocks which certainly might prove hazardous to the walker, so a visit in winter is therefore advised to fully appreciate this splendid tor which warrants a look when visiting the better-known Honeybag Tor.

Honeybag North Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 7282 7894
Widecombe in the Moor
Tor Classification:
Rock Type:
Steve Jenkins
Reference / Further Reading:
Tim Jenkinson: East Dartmoor The Hidden Landscape: Rocks and Tors (published privately)

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