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Longtimber Tor

Long Timber Tor, Mary Tavy Rock

Longtimber Tor is a large, aptly named outcrop. Oak and beech have taken a shine to it, invading its nooks and crannies to grow all over. Its darker north face is finished in soft moss. The River Tavy beside the outcrop is a lovely place for a wild swim and a picnic.

Longtimber Tor was described by William Crossing, in his Guide to Dartmoor, as; "Bearing no small resemblance to the keep of a ruined castle." This is certainly true, but the castle has been all but cloaked within vegetation, including some fine oak. If the rock is dry, you can make it to the top, looking down through the oak foliage you get a real feel of being high up within the canopy.

Anna Eliza Bray also mentions this tor, but calls it by a different name; "A beautiful sight here burst upon us. Below rolled the Tavy, under cliffs and crags not of a very lofty but of a most pleasing character; and in the midst of the greensward, on this side the river from its banks, arose an insulated and enormous mass, called Mary Tavy Rock, covered with ivy, lichens, and every sort of rock plant that can, I believe, be found in Devon."

Longtimber Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 5095 7826
Height:
165m
Parish:
Peter Tavy
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Unnamed Igneous Intrusion
Credit:
Ordnance Survey
William Crossing
Anna Eliza Bray
Reference:
Ordnance Survey Maps
William Crossing: Guide to Dartmoor
Mrs Anna Eliza Bray: Legends, Superstitions, and Sketches of Devonshire on the Borders of the Tamar and the Tavy Volume 3

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