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Pethybridge Rock

Lustleigh is a magnificent area for weirdly shaped outcrops and loaf like boulders that are set on the steep slopes above the heart of the village most of which are difficult to espy as they are cloaked in a canopy of trees. However, there is a huge rock at the foot of the narrow, winding road through the hamlet of Pethybridge that is readily visible to the passer-by.

It is set into the edge of a boundary and sits above a road junction. Tim Jenkinson's attention was drawn to the Rock in May 2013 by Steve Jenkins and it presents as a distinctive granite mass that, like so many of Lustleigh's rockpiles, could resemble a giant loaf of bread. Reverend Richard Polwhele, writing as long ago as 1806, described the area around the village as "all hill, valley and rock" and this is a most appropriate observation on account of the many grand small tors that can be found in the vicinity, most rarely commented upon until modern times.

Overlooking the aforementioned road junction, the Rock dominates a rusty green shed that fortunately does not detract from its beauty. In contrast to neighbouring rock groups that reside above the road between the village centre and the hamlet of Ellimore, Pethybridge Rock is actually accessible because it literally abuts to the very edge of the road before it ascends steeply up the hill. Once more this is likely a part of the greater range of granite that is strewn all across the hillside here where numerous small tors are camouflaged in the secretive woods that veil them from the public eye.

Pethybridge Rock
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 7826 8120
Tor Classification:
Private (but visible from public land)
Rock Type:
Steve Jenkins
Reference / Further Reading:
Tim Jenkinson: East Dartmoor The Hidden Landscape: Rocks and Tors (published privately)
R. Polwhele (1806): The History of Devonshire Exeter

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