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Meldon Hill West Tor

Meldon Hill Tors, Middleton Tors, Middledown, Milldown

This is another of the small tors that encircle the summit of Meldon Hill to the west of the triangulation pillar. There is a fine rock basin to be seen here, shown below, that is of some width and is one of the widest known on Dartmoor, though inexplicably seldom described.

The views from here are awe-inspiring concentrated over Fernworthy Forest, as well as towards Cosdon Hill which dominates the westerly view. Poorly referenced and described in the literature it is Tim Jenkinson, in his extensive work in documenting lesser-known tors, who provides a description of the area in 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." Later, he makes reference to the names; "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."

As with all other tors on Meldon Hill there is a great network of paths and tracks that thread their way through the bracken that enable easy access to the various rockpiles.

Meldon Hill West Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 6942 8617
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Tim Jenkinson
Tim Jenkinson: Dartmoor Magazine No.58 Spring 2000: 'Nameless Rockpiles of Dartmoor Field Notes and Photographs'

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