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Leign Valley Tor

This small yet quite picturesque valley side tor resides almost at the top of the steep wooded slope above and to the west of Leign Farm near the village of Doccombe. Its mossy summit rocks comprise a sturdy compact group with more granite extending downhill through the trees. The tor can be reached by walking a well-defined path that skirts the top edge of the wood and leads from the highest part of the private road to the farm near to the point where the bridle path descends to the western fringe of Woodcock Wood.

Tim Jenkinson was first alerted to these rocks by Dr Tim Harrod in 2011 who had noted them whilst completing his survey of soil types on the north eastern side of Dartmoor. The map that Dr Harrod published in 2015 was the culmination of many years of research into Dartmoor Soils both in his capacity working with the Soil Survey of England & Wales and by research that he carried out after his retirement.

That said the name of 'Leign Tor' is included in a celebrated volume on the Geology of Devon, Cornwall and West Somerset by Henry Thomas De La Beche from as long ago as 1839. However it is unclear as to whether the author is actually referring to Leighon Tor that is set high on the east slope of Hound Tor Combe as the text seems to indicate, rather than the small pile that we find in the Leign Valley area on the far eastern side of Dartmoor.

Leign Valley Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 7820 8757
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Private (but accessible)
Rock Type:
Henry De La Beche
Dr. Tim Harrod
Tim Jenkinson: East Dartmoor The Hidden Landscape: Rocks and Tors
Henry De La Beche (1839): Geology of Devon, Cornwall and West Somerset

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