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Shavercombe Falls Tor

To the south-east of Shavercombe Tor can be found a lesser-known cliff face in the gully leading up to Shavercombe Falls. First noted by Paul Rendell in the 1980s and later by Max Piper, it presents as an emerging small tor above the left bank of the brook, one small crag of which resembles a face watching those who wander into this pretty little valley.

The waterfall sits in the sheltered valley of Shavercombe Brook, and as it tumbles through the presence of variegated moss, the gentle roar of the water as it plunges into the deep pool below is awe-inspiring. The feature was formed via an intersection of the granite and metamorphic masses. This, as shown on the British Geological Survey Map, is the easternmost part of the metamorphic mass, while metres away is granite and this has created a fault here. At the falls, metamorphic rock is visible, but just north of here, several small crags of granite protrude from the hillside as seen in the above two photos.

William Crossing describes it in his 'Guide to Dartmoor'; "Shavercombe is one of those delightful little valleys which the rambler on Dartmoor meets with occasionally, where a mountain ash or an oak find shelter, and where ferns grow abundantly. As we make our way downward its beauties speedily begin to reveal themselves. Ere we have gone far the stream falls over a high rock forming a charming cascade when rains have swollen its volume. Below this and quite close to the deep combe, is the tiny Shavercombe Tor, and near it a small pound with hut circles."

Shavercombe Falls 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 5948 6605
Shaugh Prior
Tor Classification:
Rock Type:
Granite and Metamorphic
Max Piper
Paul Rendell
Reference / Further Reading:
British Geological Survey
William Crossing: Guide to Dartmoor
Max Piper: Tors of Dartmoor

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