a database of both lesser & well-known rocks and outcrops
Search Map East Dartmoor Geology About The Team Facebook

Ladybrook Tor

Lady Brook Tor, Ottery Tor

Eric Hemery (1983) was the first to give mention to this outcrop; "Southward, a small rock-core rises amid the wild granite debris, its cohesion enabling it to retain sufficient individuality to bear a name: Ladybrook Tor (approx. 1,250 feet). Its clitter is known as 'Foxes' Holt', a name used solely by OS for a small clitter on Cosdon's north-east shoulder." Tim Jenkinson writing in 1996 includes it in his original Lesser-Known Tor series from the Dartmoor Magazine; "This robust rock pile lies high on the hillside to the east of the River Taw at SX 625924. Its name is associated with one of Dartmoor's most vigorous debates regarding the apparent misplacement of Ivy Tor Water by the Ordnance Survey."

He goes on; "Hemery claims that the delightfully wooded stream to the north of the tor is in fact Lady Brook and not Ivy Tor Water as marked on maps." Indeed, the latter name is later corrected on OS Maps and attributed appropriately to the small brook that runs close to as one would expect, Ivy Tor a fine crag much further to the north and east at SX 638936.

Sloping westward towards the river for some 50 metres or so the heavy clitter that Hemery refers to here sprawls beneath the main Ladybrook outcrop fanning in all directions, it is especially impressive when seen from the path on the west side of the Taw but is treacherous underfoot. Also known in Dartmoor Letterboxing circles as 'Ottery Tor' since the mid 1980s a name assigned by the Ottery St Mary scout group, Mike Brown (1995) is eager to describe this as a 'misnomer', even though it is well-known as an alternative and is preferred by some.

Ladybrook Tor
The map above is not a navigation tool and we recommend that the grid reference shown below is used in conjunction with an Ordnance Survey map and that training in its use with a compass is advised.
Grid Ref:
SX 6240 9230
South Tawton
Tor Classification:
Rock Type:
Eric Hemery
Eric Hemery (1983): High Dartmoor
Tim Jenkinson: Dartmoor Magazine Issue 44 Autumn 1996: The Lesser Known Tors of Dartmoor Part 2

Please Support Us

We are proud to see the names of lesser known tors are now being used more commonly on other websites and whilst this is to be encouraged we do request that, should you wish to use the information on this page, you provide a backlink to the website as reference, by copying the relevant address: