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Leigh Tor

Long Tor, Leghetorr

On the declining east spur of the hill below the tiny pile of Aish Tor, across the road, this non-granite tor is situated nicely, with the Two Moors Way passing its north side. It is an impressive ridge of rock, stretching for some way down the hill towards Spitchwick Manor.

A tiny car park at the start of Newbridge Hill brings you within close proximity to the tor, but it is not seen until you round the corner where its largely impressive summit rocks stand in a clearing. On the right, south side, a huge cliff drops abruptly down the hillside that can be seen from Deeper Marsh in the valley-floor. The tor's rocks are unusual in that they are not composed of granite; the bedrock is metamorphic rock, part of the Crackington Formation that, according to the Geology of Britain Survey, "formed between 328 and 318 million years ago during the Carboniferous period."

William Crossing (Guide, pp.335-336) provides the alternative name of Long Tor for Leigh Tor which given that it stretches downhill to the east for some considerable distance is most appropriate. The Two Moors Way follows the north side of the tor where it descends into woodland choked by bracken in summer months, so a visit in winter is advised to marvel at the stupendous rock ridge we have here.

Leigh 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 7105 7147
Height:
185m
Parish:
Widecombe in the Moor
Tor Classification:
Spur
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Metamorphic
Credit:
Ordnance Survey
William Crossing
Reference:
Ordnance Survey Maps
William Crossing (1909): Guide to Dartmoor
Geology of Britain 3D

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