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Mill Bottom North

Lustleigh is a haven for small tors, gigantic boulders and overhanging rocks. In that part of the village known as Mill Bottom, to the south-east of the hamlet of Wreyland and close to the course of Wray Brook, there are two separate and distinct rock outcrops. A public footpath runs below both of them to allow for viewing.

Tim Jenkinson (TJ, 2015) writes with great enthusiasm about this special scene; "Mill Bottom is where the Wray Brook (River Wrey) comes through the valley under the old Lustleigh Mill. It can be easily reached via a footpath leading south west from the hamlet of Wreyland. There are two rock outcrops of interest in the area: the first at SX 786810, set in a wooded area; the second and main part a little further south, presents from the side as a rugged tall elongated cliff face just above the river on its east side." These photos show the northern tor where a fine pile stands at the point where the footpath leaves for Wreyland.

TJ also comments on the apparent lack of reference even by creditable authors; "Surprisingly Cecil Torr, who lived in Wreyland and wrote extensively about the area in 'Small Talk' makes no mention of the rocks here close to a path he must have walked many times back and forth. This is a most tranquil spot that is well known to villagers." This is an altogether special spot where the visitor is taken away by the sounds of the running water cascading over the boulders below the dark, shadowy rock masses.

Mill Bottom North
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Grid Ref:
SX 7865 8099
Height:
67m
Parish:
Lustleigh
Tor Classification:
Small
Access:
Private (but accessible)
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Tim Jenkinson
Reference:
Tim Jenkinson (2015): Dartmoor Magazine Issue 120 Autumn: Dartmoor Discovered: Lustleigh's Tors and Rocks pp.40-41

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