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Pinchaford Ball Tor

Punchaford Ball Tor, Bynchen Ball

This is a much-ruined tor with just a few low outcrops on the brow and below the summit of Pinchaford Ball high above Haytor Vale and the village of Ilsington.

The imposing dome of the hill is visible from the approach road at Smokey Cross but is best reached from the upper car park at Haytor (Hey Tor) Rocks walking out along the level pathway south-eastwards.

There is a logan-type rock not far from the summit on the south side. Hemery describes the area, but fails to mention the outcrops here; "Pinchaford Ball is a bracken-infested eminence with good views of the cleave of the River Sig, the border-country and the Teign Estuary; it is crossed by several paths, one leading to the former moorland farm of Pinchaford..." The area is called Punchaford Ball by William Crossing.

Pinchaford Ball 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 7638 7642
Tor Classification:
Rock Type:
Tim Jenkinson
Reference / Further Reading:
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor
William Crossing: Gems in a Granite Setting
Tim Jenkinson: East Dartmoor The Hidden Landscape: Rocks and Tors (published privately)
Bill Ransom (2005): A History of Ilsington. Phillimore and Co Ltd Chichester

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