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Nameless Tor

Situated above the East Dart River on the southern foot of Winney's Down, the rocky cleft through which the river rushes here is quite spectacular, and the slopes are covered in the ruins of this long-lost rock pile. The rock field is wide spreading and although some of the smaller outcrops survive, prior to its demise this must have been a prominent tor overlooking the river.

Indeed Eric Hemery (1983, p540), the first it seems to comment on the phenomenon, writes with great enthusiasm about the area; "One of these is a rock field extending from the hillside above the steep to the very river bank and headed by a nameless and disintegrated tor" and set above the ruined tor his account identifies "the most unusual and striking of the features - a granite pavement."

The author suggests that the curious vertical partings that can be seen in the rock are more a feature of limestone than granite. The 'pavement' is located at SX 629 810 and presents as a most interesting weathering effect. Here it is best to stand awhile and enjoy the fine views downstream.

Nameless Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 6309 8103
Height:
438m
Parish:
Dartmoor Forest
Tor Classification:
Ruined
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Eric Hemery
Reference:
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor
Tim Jenkinson: Dartmoor Magazine Winter 2017 pages 60-61 Dartmoor Discovered: The East Dart north of Postbridge Part 2

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