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Middle Combe Tor

A public footpath leads through the wood above the house at Middle Combe to the north-west of Lustleigh, and set on the slopes to the north-east are the remains of a broken tor that can be espied from this path. There are numerous boulders scattered through the trees here with two main piles of significance, the northern presenting as a modest buttress literally reaching to the edge of the footpath by a gate at SX 7770 8221. This is sited on a boundary and is decorated with moss and climbing ivy.

The southern pile is more characteristic; it resides further up the hill not far from the top of the woodland and resembles a cluster of marbles from certain angles. As with other rocks in this area, jointing in the granite is quite rare, but here there are fissures in one section of this outcrop, giving this part of the tor a rather strange appearance.

Between the two main outcrops there is an adit that has been cut into the hillside, but be warned that this and all of these rocks which are situated off the public footpath are on private land and signage should be observed if in evidence.

Middle Combe Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 7777 8212
Height:
180m
Parish:
Lustleigh
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Access:
Private (but accessible)
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Tim Jenkinson
Reference:
Tim Jenkinson: East Dartmoor The Hidden Landscape: Rocks and Tors

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