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Roos Tor

Rolls Tor, Rulestorre, Roose Tor, Roosetor

With nice granite geology and views, there are many curious boundary stones surrounding Roos Tor that were used to prevent stone cutters taking the granite from the tor, once a practice in the area as seen at Foggin and Swell Tors.

Hemery says of this large tor; "Again cresting the ridge north of a shallow saddle are the less sensational but still impressive piles of Roos Tor (1,479 feet). On the north side of the tor is a large natural cavity and a poised boulder above it." The tor also includes a flagpole, used for the Merrivale firing range, although it lies some distance from the boundary.

Additionally, Sabine Baring-Gould; "Roos Tor, which the Ordnance surveyors playfully render Rolls Tor, possessed two logan stones, but quarrymen have destroyed one, together with the fine mass of rock which it stood. Near it lay a huge menhir, never removed till these depredators broke it up. I give an illustration of the head of the tor with its two logans, taken in 1852; one alone remains." Despite this, the tor still abounds in features; rock basins occur on the summit outcrops, one of which is adjacent to the flagpole, and xenoliths occur throughout the rocks.

Roos 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 5434 7660
Peter Tavy
Tor Classification:
Rock Type:
Ordnance Survey
Sabine Baring-Gould
Ordnance Survey Maps
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor
Sabine Baring-Gould: A Book of Dartmoor

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