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Lowery Tor

What a view this is. Overlooking Burrator Reservoir from Peek Hill this is truly a lesser known tor. No longer marked on OS Maps Lowery Tor is nonetheless very well documented in Dartmoor literature.

Whilst it was first mentioned by Crossing, he fails to describe its splendour. Tim Jenkinson puts this right; "No tor in this collection occupies a more desirable position than Lowery Tor. Upon reaching the summit of Peek Hill from the north, the walker is greeted by a breath-taking sight. To the south the magnificent expanse of Burrator Lake backed at its south-east edge by Sheepstor is one of the finest scenes on Dartmoor." And later; "A place of unparalleled beauty, Lowery Tor is a mere 15 minute walk from the road."

Known as being located immediately south of Peek Hill, Hemery misplaces it, and puts it to the south of Leather Tor, where Lower Leather Tor resides. This mistake is corrected in Anthony R. Kingdom's 1991 book on The Yelverton to Princetown Railway (page 46) that shows Lowery Tor just to the south of Peek Hill and RAF Sharpitor. Hugh Breton also misplaces it, but instead places it atop Peek Hill, a little to the north of the actual location.

Lowery Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 5564 6976
Height:
371m
Parish:
Walkhampton
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Tim Jenkinson
Anthony Richard Kingdom
William Crossing
Reference:
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor
Rev H. Hugh Breton: The Forest of Dartmoor
Anthony Richard Kingdom (1991): The Yelverton to Princetown Railway

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