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Moor Wood North Tor

There is quite a bit to this tangled rockpile that sits on the northern edge of Moor Wood where it joins Wray Cleave Wood. Parts of this tor can be seen from the public footpath that ascends the south part of Wray Cleave from the A382. This path is muddy at the bottom and quite ill-defined, so look out for waymarkers to lead the way. Also note the ruined wall to the right which runs up to the tor.

Consisting of two main sections, the tor here is another that heralds the start of a mesmerising grouping of boulders. First appearing as 'Moor Wood North Tor' in Max Piper's (2022) book, he explains that: "The tor begins at the top of the trees with a distinctive summit outcrop at SX 77724 83902, with a square-shaped block at the top."

A more impressive outcrop sits a short way below and this hides its stunning granite face from the north. It resides at SX 77688 83892 and presents as a large outcrop speckled by caves and hanging branches. It is quite difficult and confusing to explore because of steep drops and trees sprouting from the core.

The tor straddles publicly accessible land to the north and private land to the south, so please bear this in mind when you visit. It is a fine tor that acts as an appetiser to the grand tors a short way to the north.

Moor Wood North 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 7768 8389
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Private (but visible from public land)
Rock Type:
Max Piper
Tim Jenkinson
Paul Buck
Reference / Further Reading:
Max Piper, Tim Jenkinson and Paul Buck (2022): Tors of Dartmoor Website
Max Piper (2022): East Dartmoor's Lesser-Known Tors and Rocks

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