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Nattadon Tor

Nat Tor Down

Somewhat overshadowed by the huge bulk to the south-west that is Meldon Hill, there is a lower hill of equal importance that is worth exploration. Marked as 'Nattadon Common' there is actually a modest rockpile occupying much of the very steep western slope that has received scant reference in the literature despite its dramatic position that is best appreciated when looking over the common from Meldon Hill.

William Crossing (WC, 1909) is the first it seems to describe this area and he uses 'Nat Tor Down' which definitely hints at a tor in the vicinity, and indeed there are at least three clusters of emergent rocks on the hillside providing excellent views over Chagford and across to the dome of Cosdon Hill. It is Bound (1991) who introduces the name of 'Nattadon Tor' in his 'A to Z of Dartmoor Tors', though his explanation of how to get to the rocks is for the energetic only. Unlike the lowly and disappointing bedrock seen on the top of the common these outcrops are substantial but quite difficult to view, especially in the summer months, so a winter visit is definitely advised.

Embedded into the hillside the northern outcrops are partly hidden by trees, gorse and bracken, but the southernmost is much more readily visible and accessed by taking the grassy track that tackles the steep ascent from the road below. WC only makes a fleeting reference to "the north-western slope that is strewn with granite..." but what we have here is clearly a grand small tor that deserves some recognition.

Nattadon Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 7033 8663
Height:
290m
Parish:
Chagford
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Tim Jenkinson
William Crossing
Terry Bound
Reference:
Tim Jenkinson: East Dartmoor The Hidden Landscape: Rocks and Tors
William Crossing: Guide to Dartmoor
Terry Bound: The A to Z of Dartmoor Tors

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