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Middle Staple Tor

Mid Steeple Tor, Staple Tors

High above Merrivale stand many impressive granite tors with a mass of clitter. One of these is Middle Staple Tor, formerly known as "Mid Steeple Tor"; the name is derived from the Ordnance Survey - whilst it may be smaller than its "Great" neighbour, the tor itself is bulky and the views are still excellent.

Eric Hemery; "Higher on the ridge is Mid Steeple Tor (1,412 feet); the surrounding clitter suggests a pile originally of some size, certainly far greater than Little Steeple; a well-formed rock-basin lies on the summit, and there has been a fall of of surprising extent on the higher side."

The tor also boasts a xenolith. Josephine Collingwood describes this; "The proximity to the metamorphic aureole accounts for the proliferation of xenoliths on the ridge. Middle Staple Tor shows some excellent examples, where 'country rock' was incorporated into the granite magma intrusion, then chemically altered."

Middle Staple Tor
The map above is not a navigation tool and we recommend that the grid reference shown below is used in conjunction with an Ordnance Survey map and that training in its use with a compass is advised.
Grid Ref:
SX 5403 7564
Height:
431m
Parish:
Whitchurch
Tor Classification:
Spur
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
William Crossing
Ordnance Survey
Reference:
Ordnance Survey Maps
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor
Josephine Collingwood: Dartmoor Tors Compendium

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