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Langworthy Tor

The name of this lowly tor was first noted in the winter edition of Dartmoor Magazine in 1991, secreted in an article by Hermon French entitled 'Christmas on Dartmoor 1930', when recounting his ornithological exploits on the moor at the time, he remarks on a raven flying to the north east that "came down low by Langworthy Tor and beat around the hill towards Wooder." The tor he refers to is probably set on the hillside to the east of Langworthy Farm, but it is of no great stature. On the western slope here, that still forms part of Hamel Down, there is a scattering of a few large, but mostly low-lying rocks all of which are little more than a metre high.

Langworthy Hill itself culminates in a series of sparse rocks lying close to what appears to be a ruined cairn with a hollowed-out centre. A little way south of the summit there is a little more interest where a huge slab of bedrock is embedded in the turf being somewhat reminiscent of Stoneslade Tor much further to the north.

However, the most significant rock in the vicinity actually lies another 200 metres to the south forming a singular compact flat-topped outcrop encircled by gorse, it measures some 10.5 metres in length and is at least 1.5 metres high on the west side. It is included in an account of the tors and rocks of Hamel Down by Tim Jenkinson from 1999 and writing later Ringwood (2013) enthuses "The tor has huge slabs with xenoliths and very large feldspar crystals." From here, on a clear day the views are exceptional, the distant crags of Longaford and Higher White Tors can be seen to the west and further north the white painted Warren House Inn is backed against the hump of Water Hill.

Langworthy Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 7059 7684
Height:
409m
Parish:
Widecombe in the Moor
Tor Classification:
Emergent
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Hermon French
Reference:
Mr. Hermon French (1991): 'Christmas on Dartmoor 1930' Dartmoor Magazine number 25 Winter p. 14-15
Tim Jenkinson (1999): Hameldown: Its Tors and Rocks Explained Dartmoor Magazine number 55 Summer p. 26-27

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