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Shady Rock

Set inside Buckland Woods, about 300 metres or so from the road at Buckland Bridge and keeping on the lower riverside path to the east, this is a largely vegetation-covered outcrop seemingly in perpetual shade hence the tag we have given it.

While non-authentic, the name is appropriate seeing as the Rock receives very little natural light being located in the bottom of the valley and shielded on all sides by higher ground. It is this lack of illumination that makes the Rock seem a little ominous to be stood beside but its stature far outweighs the gloomy atmosphere.

Shady Rock is perhaps best seen from the track running through the trees above and to the east, but in order to appreciate its size you really should stand below it, gazing up at the craggy mass which is embellished in green and beige grasses, as well as vibrant moss and ferns. The environment here contains a rich variety of this flora that indicates that this sheltered spot absorbs a lot of water to harbour such life. As it is, the River Webburn is seen to advantageous effect from the bottom of the Rock, where it makes its final leap before cascading into the Double Dart.

Once again, as with all of the tors and rocks east of the river here, they are within private land that is managed by Fountains Forestry, but a permit can be obtained to visit.

Shady Rock
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Grid Ref:
SX 7178 7240
Height:
110m
Parish:
Buckland in the Moor
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Access:
Private (seek permission)
Rock Type:
Metamorphic
Credit:
Paul Buck
Tim Jenkinson
Reference:

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