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Lower Tor

Russ Tor, Rock Tor (possible)

This is the distinctive yet small tor 150 metres south of Higher Tor on the Belstone Ridge. It is a heavily fissured rock with distinct horizontal jointings that are so different from the granite on high, but this is a tor in its own right. The name of "Lower Tor" is possible but it has also become known as "Russ Tor" in recent years after the memory of Russell who used to frequent this point. A hidden note in the rocks records this as a poignant reminder some years after his death.

Hemery describes the tor but, surprisingly, fails to give it a name, when describing the route from the Belstone parish bond-stones to Higher Tor; "This picture also shows a rock outcrop on the rising ridge beyond the stones; equidistant from stones and distant tor, the rock consists of a cohesive mass of medium-grained granite with a pronounced canopy."

Consulting old maps, one names a tor here, south of the marked Higher Tor, called "Rock Tor". Indeed, as described above, this small tor is like a rock in appearance, so could well bear this name.

Lower Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 6125 9157
Height:
444m
Parish:
Belstone
Tor Classification:
Small
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Eric Hemery
Tim Jenkinson
Reference:
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor
Tim Jenkinson: Lesser Known Tors and Rocks of Dartmoor
Bartholomew: Half Inch Map: 1940-1947

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