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Longash Tor

Longash Hill Tor

Although Ringwood seems to be the first to record the name of this tor in 2013 it was previously well known in Dartmoor Letterboxing circles on account of a stamp set up by Tim Jenkinson in January 1997 who had spotted and visited the low outcrops above the farm of the same name a good year earlier.

With neither Crossing nor Hemery describing the area in any detail despite the granite piles here being clearly shown on OS maps, Tim's is the earliest reference to these rocks, but they must have been noted somewhere before given their prominence on the hillside. The main tor remnant is surprisingly good consisting of a series of low fissured outcrops and although they are set on private land, they are quite easily accessed from the public bridleway running below.

Views are exceptional in all directions especially towards Vixen Tor beyond the River Walkham to the west whereas the disused Merrivale Quarry can be seen to the north. Possibly overlooked in the literature because of its proximity to the much better documented Merrivale stone rows to the north east on Long Ash Common, this is a truly lesser-known tor.

Longash Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 5500 7430
Height:
325m
Parish:
Dartmoor Forest (formerly Walkhampton)
Tor Classification:
Emergent
Access:
Private (but accessible)
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Tim Jenkinson
Reference:

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