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."