When Sir Walter Besant wrote about this area in the latter part of the 19th Century, this tor that occupies most of the Letchole Plantation above the hamlets of Freeland and Water half a mile from Manaton, was still visible from afar.
Nowadays the tor's giant rocks are enshrouded in trees and can only be seen at close quarters climbing up through the wood from the public footpath below.
Besant uses the name of Latchell Tor for the rocks and also mentions a 'Nymphenhole' and 'The Ridge' in his account. Higher up the hill from here stands Freelands Tower, originally built as an astronomical observatory c1900 and then later used as a lookout by the Home Guard in World War II.
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