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Meldon Hill Summit Tor

Meldon Hill Tors, Middleton Tors, Middledown, Milldown

This collection of lowly rocks atop the summit of Meldon Hill are crowned by an OS triangulation pillar that bears a small plaque inscribed "FREDERICK PAINTER / 1887-1950 / WHO SO LOVED / THIS PLACE /".

Indeed, the views from the summit are exhilarating in all directions, and much of the north-eastern corner of Dartmoor is to be seen, as is some of the highest land to the west. There was once a golf course on Meldon Hill, which in relation to the outcrops here is described by Tim Jenkinson (2000); "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."

This is great place to sit down and admire the magnificent panorama from the hill, but the tor itself is rather non-distinct being little more than an elongated outcrop that protrudes unobtrusively from the top of the hill. However, on closer inspection, there is a hidden gem here a spectacular rock basin that has formed on one of the higher rocks close to the trig pillar. It is a classic example of the phenomenon etched deeply into the granite and readily trapping rainwater it is one of Dartmoor's finest and forms part of a unique cluster that can be found on the Meldon Hill rockpiles.

Meldon Hill Summit Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 6957 8611
Height:
390m
Parish:
Chagford
Tor Classification:
Summit
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Tim Jenkinson
Ordnance Survey
Reference:
Ordnance Survey Maps
Tim Jenkinson: Dartmoor Magazine No.58 Spring 2000: 'Nameless Rockpiles of Dartmoor Field Notes and Photographs'

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