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Outer Pupers

Outer Puppers, Pupers Hill, Puppers Hill

About 100 metres to the north-west of Pupers Rock is another rockpile of great interest, this simply called 'Outer Pupers'. It is a small, but characteristic, tor that unlike its neighbours is noted for its inscribed 'B' in large lettering denoting the parish of West Buckfastleigh and the adjoining Dean Prior.

Outer Pupers is split into two outcrops, and it is the larger of the two that is more pleasing to the eye presenting as an unbroken mass of granite resembling a small castle rampart, below which a modest clitter unfolds down in the direction of the Western Wella Brook. It also has good outlooks with the great humpback ridge of Snowdon extending northward while westward the Heap of Sinners cairn is seen atop Huntingdon Hill with its ruined farmstead sited below.

A tale is associated with the rockpiles on Pupers Hill and William Crossing explains that; "Turning S. along the brow of the hill we cross Gibby's Beam, and make our way south-eastward to Pupers, the piles of which we seen on the hill before us. There are three of these, known respectively as Inner Pupers, Pupers Rock, and Outer Pupers. The word is a corruption of Pipers, and the usual story of men being turned into rocks for playing and dancing on a Sunday is related to these masses."

Outer Pupers
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Grid Ref:
SX 6717 6741
Height:
467m
Parish:
Dean Prior
Tor Classification:
Small
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
William Crossing
Reference:
William Crossing: Guide to Dartmoor

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