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Hurston Castle Tor

This is a delightfully secluded tor first described by William Crossing and situated on a small spur above the infant River Bovey, despite being marked as the 'North Walla Brook' on OS Maps.

The eastern pile is the most conspicuous part of the tor with large horizontal jointings in the granite. More of the tor extends to the north and is part involved in enclosure walls. Rocks are also scattered on the west bank above the river.

It is briefly mentioned as a "ridge of rock" by William Crossing, but more attention is paid to it by Eric Hemery; "A weathered rock-ridge lies on the side of Royal like a massive cyclopean wall, its line contouring eastward above the right bank, where it swells into a small and beautiful tor known as Hurston Castle (approx 1050 feet)."

Hurston Castle Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 6835 8338
Height:
313m
Parish:
Chagford
Tor Classification:
Small
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
William Crossing
Reference:
William Crossing: Guide to Dartmoor
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor
T. Jenkinson (2015): Dartmoor Discovered: Hurston Castle Dartmoor Magazine No 115 Spring

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