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Rowbrook Tor

This tor has achieved some notoriety in the TOD team having been identified as one of the most difficult to access on account of the surrounding terrain, which is overgrown and quite unstable in places, with broken moss covered granite strewn across the slopes. Whichever way you approach you will encounter difficulties either from the north coming through Rowbrook Farm and down the steep slope or from the west walking along the River Dart from the direction of Dartmeet where the footpath is sometimes ill defined and even lost at various points thereby necessitating a climb uphill to avoid the water. That said once there the tor itself is pretty impressive set in the trees about 200 metres above the river and approximately 250 metres to the north west of the much better known Luckey Tor.

The main part is a striking jumble of huge broken blocks forming two outcrops that have cracked into curious shapes and caverns, but much of the ragged tor seems to have shattered into a mass of clitter that is hard to walk over in the rather claustrophobic wood.

In stark contrast to the well documented Luckey Tor there is no reference to the Rowbrook rockpile anywhere in the literature and this might be down to the fact that nobody seems to have found it until Tim Jenkinson literally stumbled across it in April 2013. Whilst visitors to the area will be rewarded by the sense of having found a long lost tor, be warned that it is a challenging experience to get there and extra care should be taken on either approach which is perhaps just marginally better from the river below. Its proximity to the nearby brook accounts for its name.

Rowbrook 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 6825 7214
Widecombe in the Moor
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Rock Type:
Tim Jenkinson
Reference / Further Reading:
Jenkinson, T. (2024): Dartmoor Magazine, Issue 153, Spring: Dartmoor Discovered: The River Dart to the South of Dartmeet

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