Meldon Hill North-West Tor
Meldon Hill Tors, Middleton Tors, Middledown, Milldown
This fine tor resides on the north-western side of Meldon Hill just below the summit trig point that is separated by a grassy plain. It is a very pronounced outcrop that consists of large blocks rising above the onlooker with good space for shelter should it be sought.
There are good outlooks to Cosdon Hill and other northern heights including Watern Tor and Steeperton Tor, and south-westward towards Assycombe Hill above Fernworthy Forest. It is quite surprising how little has been written about the area despite the hill's relatively easy access and prominence from afar, particularly when viewed from Chagford below.
Tim Jenkinson, writing in 2000, is the first it seems to properly acknowledge the impressive range of small tors here; "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." And in the same work; "The likely names for the rocks include Meldon Hill Tors or even Middleton Tors given the older version of the hill's name as included on Lt Colonel Mudge's map of Devon dated 1809."