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Oxen Tor

Oxon Tor, Cadworthy Tor

A small tor of two piles, described only by Hemery (1983), it sits to the north east of Dewerstone Hill at SX 5420 6420. It is also known as 'Cadworthy Tor', a name first introduced by the author although 'Oxen Tor' is shown on much earlier 19th Century Tithe Maps and better established. The western group is weathered and broken giving rise to a small clitter with oak, but the rocks are nevertheless large and slab like, giving the impression that at one time this tor was much bigger than now remains. In 'High Dartmoor' Hemery states that this pile is the largest of the two and contains within it a rock that has a diagonal vein of quartz. However both of the summit rocks possess veins, although the one to which Hemery alludes is probably the lower, which is more pronounced and jagged.

The eastern group is essentially a compact block of three split rocks that rise to about 7 feet on the north side. With an ivy and fern crown, the outcrop has two windswept oak trees on either side. A mere 50 yards west of the newtake wall of Lower Cadworthy Farm, the two piles are no more than 30 yards apart and afford fine views to the south west of the huge Dewerstone cliff that rears above the River Plym that surges beneath the wooded valley sides.

South east the tiny Luxton Tor is prominent on Saddlesborough Hill, above the trees of Cadworthy and North Woods. Immediately below the tor, the hillside sweeps away to the dense oak groves of Common Wood and on some occasions this pleasant spot can be found with mist clouds nestled majestically in the twisting vale of Bickleigh to the south west.

Oxen Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 5415 6415
Height:
238m
Parish:
Meavy
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Devon County Council
Eric Hemery
Reference:
Devon County Council: Tithe Map of the Parish of Meavy
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor

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