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Lustleigh Cleave Lower Sharpitor

Just off the main path to Hammerslake coming up from the bottom of the Cleave is this small shadowy tor of no great distinction, presenting from this angle as a pile part involved with a wall as is so common among Lustleigh's rockpiles. However, take a closer look and you will see that there is a bit more to this tor than meets the eye.

Although of no great height or size it is nonetheless a characteristic little tor, from the south appearing as a neat rock face topped with an overhanging rock where boulders coated in luxurious moss extend down the hill. It is best seen from its base where a modest cluster of granite extends up to the wall where it reaches its conclusion and gives way to a quiet private woodland behind.

Ivy and other climbing plants cling onto the tor's rocks and trees sprout from its core making it a fine feature in this part of the Cleave, although the visitor may feel a little disappointed as this tor when compared to other nearby outcrops does lack grandeur and its position is nullified somewhat by the more interesting Hammerslake settlement above, but it is perhaps an appetiser and forerunner of a much bigger tor higher on the hill and given its easy accessibility deserves a visit.

Lustleigh Cleave Lower Sharpitor
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Grid Ref:
SX 771 812
Height:
200m
Parish:
Lustleigh
Tor Classification:
Small
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Tim Jenkinson
Reference:
Tim Jenkinson: East Dartmoor The Hidden Landscape: Rocks and Tors

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