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Little Castor

Within Castor Copse, near the Hawkmoor Mine, set on the slope under the main Higher Castor is this isolated but quite charming outcrop known as 'Little Castor'.

Just above and below the track, where it goes around a hairpin bend, this outcrop appears with the stream running fast below it and a very steep approach is necessary to reach it. A lone boulder possessing a great little mossy top, it reaches about 12 feet in height on its lower side and was first noted by Max Piper. Regarding Hawkmoor Mine, it closed in 1902/3 in favour of Great Rock Mine, to the east.

Interestingly, the Tithe Map for the Parish of Bovey Tracey marks the woodland here as 'Higher Catstors' and 'Lower Catstors', situated within 'Catstors Coppice' and 'Castor' certainly derived from this name. It is also likely the names 'Higher' and 'Lower' are referring to the outcrops here. Regardless, the area is on Private Land and permission should be sought.

Little Castor
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Grid Ref:
SX 7994 8174
Height:
195m
Parish:
Bovey Tracey
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Access:
Private (seek permission)
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Max Piper
Reference:

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