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Netton Cleave Wood Tor

A quite magnificent tor resides in the heart of the wood that is called Netton Cleave Wood. The location of this part of the hillside, which was brought to our attention by Jason Maddick (in 2018) and latterly Steve Grigg (in 2019), contains a plethora of impressive granite walls and stacks that rival those outcrops that sit across the Beadon Brook valley at Great Rock and Great Rock Copse Tor.

The highest outcrops sit a little way below the upper track through the Wood, at SX 8263 8197 and SX 8268 8198, and comprise one huge boulder perched atop an exposed granite outcrop with, just to the east, a huge pale wall of rock, its smoothness broke by a succession of irregular cracks and joints as seen in the photo above. This part of the tor, with one particular overhang (pictured below), shows that boulderers frequent this spot.

Further down the hill, the tor just keeps on giving, culminating in another outcrop at the foot of the hill (pictured below) at SX 82631 81850 and was noted by Max Piper and Paul Rendell in December 2019. This is the easiest outcrop to reach being situated on a level and easy-to-follow footpath that heads east from Beadon Bridge, hugging the left bank of the Brook as it continues its exhilarating descent leaping over boulders to reach this very picturesque spot.

Netton Cleave Wood 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 826 819
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Rock Type:
Jason Maddick
Steve Grigg
Max Piper
Paul Rendell
Reference / Further Reading:
Max Piper: Dartmoor News Issue 182 February/March 2022: Exploring the Tors in Netton Cleave Wood

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