The Tithe Map of the 1840s shows the enclosures below and to the west of Lower Bowden Farm as Long Close. Within here amid the tumbled down walls and broken fences are some considerable rocks most notably at SX 8176 8016 on the south-west side where a grand fissured outcrop often referred to as Caravan Tor by climbers graces the slopes above Stonelands Waste.
The name is totally erroneous linked once it seems to the presence of a Caravan in a nearby field. That said this is easily the best part of Long Close Tor overhanging on the west side and part of a good set of rocks in this side of the wood.
More dark, scruffy and dishevelled looking rocks extend on the northern side into the less well defined out of bounds private enclosures of Lower Bowden these set beside a little brook that edges right up to the garden of the farm.
Long Close Tor
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SX 818 802
James Clapham Tim Jenkinson Paul Buck
James Clapham (2017): Dartmoor: A Climbers' Club Guide Tim Jenkinson, Paul Buck: Tors of Dartmoor
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