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Little Emsworthy

Some 200 metres north and 100 metres west of the main Emsworthy Rocks is a smaller tor of three distinctive but lowly piles of somewhat different granite composition to the parent group. Two small, stunted weather-beaten hawthorns take refuge by the highest pile, and whortleberry is found clinging onto the sides of many of the rocks here.

The largest outcrop is the lowest and when seen from below it is clearly a fine tor in its own right, being first described by Tim Jenkinson (2011) in Dartmoor Magazine (DM); "Some 200 metres to the north-west of Emsworthy Rocks (and still some way to the south of Holwell Tor), at SX 748 772, is another small tor of weathered granite that is tucked under the hillside. Consisting of three low piles the name of 'Little Emsworthy' seems appropriate as it is sufficiently detached from the larger group to warrant an identity of its own." Despite this, two years later Ken Ringwood documents the tor in 'Dartmoor's Tors and Rocks', although, strangely, there is no reference to the DM article.

Not only when viewed from below is this super little rockpile impressive but it also has a wonderful vista of the top of Hound Tor Combe; it embraces the likes of Hound Tor, Greator Rocks and the two Holwell Tors, along with a splendid view down the Combe that is captured by William Crossing in his book entitled 'Gems in a Granite Setting'.

Little Emsworthy
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Grid Ref:
SX 7483 7726
Height:
347m
Parish:
Ilsington
Tor Classification:
Small
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Tim Jenkinson
Reference:
Tim Jenkinson (2011): Dartmoor Discovered: Emsworthy Rocks Dartmoor Magazine 104 Autumn Page 46

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