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Meldon Hill East Tor

Meldon Hill Tors, Middleton Tors, Middledown, Milldown

This is the east pile of the circle of rocks that are situated atop Meldon Hill that is shown as 'Middleton' on Colonel Mudge's 1809 Map of Devon. The views down to Chagford are exceptional, as are the views over Nattadon Common and the tor on its western slope.

The tor is on a very similar height to the trig point on the Summit Tor and is the more impressive of the two outcrops; the East Tor is bold, compact and characteristic, presenting as a large block riddled with joints in the granite that when viewed from the south-west side resembles a sleepy giant. The tors here are first described it seems by Tim Jenkinson (2000); "Despite its eminence in the vicinity of Chagford village and the numerous rock piles that are scattered across its slopes, Meldon Hill (SX 6986) continues to receive scant attention in the Dartmoor literature."

The author goes on; "In addition to the summit tors, some impressive rock clusters rest on the lower western slopes where the challenge of Chagford Golf Course was once enjoyed." Covering a relatively small area the East Tor on Meldon Hill is best reached using the vast network of tracks that encircle the summit and litter the hillside.

Meldon Hill East Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 6964 8613
Height:
385m
Parish:
Chagford
Tor Classification:
Summit
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Tim Jenkinson
Reference:
Tim Jenkinson: Dartmoor Magazine No.58 Spring 2000: 'Nameless Rockpiles of Dartmoor Field Notes and Photographs'

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