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Legis Tor

Leggis Tor, New Warren Tor

This is a splendidly ruined granite tor sitting above the River Plym on the southern edge of Ringmoor Down on a spur, consisting of four main outcrops, all possessing very good views. Much of the granite here is pink in colour and this is obvious just by examining the rocks.

Josephine Collingwood elaborates; "The granite is pink due to an altered granite composition: black tourmaline schorl has a high iron content which has stained the granite during mineralisation in veins." Close to the tor is a vermin trap (or simply 'trap') set up by mid 19th Century warreners to catch stoats and weasels that preyed on the rabbits here. It is possibly one of Dartmoor's best known traps.

Eric Hemery in "High Dartmoor p.186"; "The four piles of Legis Tor (1,008 feet) would look immensely impressive on a hilltop; but the base, which they have extensively clittered, is merely a gentle slope... Legistor Warren was referred to as 'New Warren' and the tor as 'New Warren Tor'. There is an excellent view from the tor of the Plym's middle reach."

Legis Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 5711 6558
Height:
310m
Parish:
Sheepstor
Tor Classification:
Spur
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
William Crossing
Ordnance Survey
Reference:
Ordnance Survey Maps
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor
Josephine Collingwood: Dartmoor Tors Compendium

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