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Plumley Rocks

Just to the west of the A382 to the north of Kings Cross at Plumley there are on the right of the driveway leading down to the main house a series of interesting large rocks that are draped in vegetation. Although this seems to be the best part of the rocks more can be seen lower down in the private grounds.

The A382 is one of Dartmoor's most notorious roads as it has numerous narrow sections, bends and blind spots that belie its A road status. It was built around 1826 by the Newton Bushel Turnpike Trust and near to Plumley Rocks at the aforementioned Cross is a surviving granite milestone at SX 8044 8002 that shows distances to Newton, Bovey and Moreton that are recorded in miles, furlongs, and poles. It is set well back from the main road at the junction with Forder Lane a position that is indicative of a repositioning at some point.

The Ordnance Survey, whilst not naming the collection, do give some recognition to the rocks by marking a small outcrop beside the driveway on some of the older editions of their maps. Please be advised that although the main part of Plumley Rocks can be observed from the entrance to the drive, they all reside on private land so permission to visit them more closely must always be obtained.

Plumley Rocks
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 8033 8014
Height:
90m
Parish:
Bovey Tracey
Tor Classification:
Small
Access:
Private (but visible from public land)
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Tim Jenkinson
Reference:
Tim Jenkinson: East Dartmoor The Hidden Landscape: Rocks and Tors

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