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Lade Hill Tor

Despite its dominance in the area to the north of the East Dart River, Lade Hill is not marked by any name on Ordnance Survey Maps. It is yet another oversight by the map maker.

We first learn of the hill in Crossing's accounts of the moor and in his 'Dartmoor Worker' we are told of the origins of 'Lade' as a 'ditch or drain' that 'leads water' it being a word derived from the Anglo Saxon 'lad' that the author explains as a 'canal or conduit and is indeed only one other form of leat'.

Nearing the summit of the hill on the south side where it is crossed to the east by a sturdy newtake wall, are several scattered boulders and lowly outcrops with one nearest the highest point supporting a peculiar but distinctive rounded logan-type rock seemingly overlooked in the literature until 2017. From the vantage point here there are breath-taking views to the south with many tors visible. It is well worth a visit.

Lade Hill Tor
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SX 6329 8180
Dartmoor Forest
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Tim Jenkinson
William Crossing (1992) Dartmoor Worker Peninsula Press
Tim Jenkinson (2017) Dartmoor Discovered: The East Dart north of Postbridge Part 1 Dartmoor Magazine 128 Autumn

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