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Lakehead Cleave Tor

This is a fine collection of large boulders and flat outcrops on the west side of the East Dart River between Postbridge and Bellever that were espied by Tim Jenkinson during a visit to the area in December 2018.

Most of the rocks are covered in vegetation but extend right down to the riverbank from a prominent spur above it. The plantation in which they reside is recorded as Lakehead Cleave in the Tithe Apportionments of the 19th Century.

One of the earliest depictions of the small tor here comes in 1914 when it was shown on a black and white postcard from Chapman and Son but is incorrectly captioned as Laughter Tor that being a much better known rockpile lying about two miles to the south of Lakehead Cleave. Some discussion on this disparity was provided by Paul Rendell in an edition of Dartmoor News in 2019.

Lakehead Cleave Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 6572 7817
Dartmoor Forest
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Private (but visible from public land)
Rock Type:
Tim Jenkinson
Reference / Further Reading:
Tim Jenkinson: Lesser Known Tors and Rocks of Dartmoor
Devon County Council: Tithe Map of Lydford (Forest Of Dartmoor)
Chapman and Son Photography
Paul Rendell (2019): Dartmoor News Issue 171 page 31

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