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Ska Rocks

Rockside

Situated above the much-celebrated Lion's Mouth drinking fountain (SX 63078 93890) is an area of rugged non-granite rocks, the uppermost section of which culminates in a small outcrop part involved with a path on the north side of Belstone Cleave, at SX 6306 9387. The vibrant moss and dark trees obscure some of the tor as it extends eastward towards the lane from Skaigh (or Ska, the older spelling) to Sticklepath.

The modest pile of Ska Rocks were first introduced by Paul Rendell in Dartmoor News Issue 170 September/October 2019.

The fountain has the name 'Rockside' on it. Chris and Marion Walpole, in 'The Book of Belstone', describe how this name came to be; 'Around 1875 Skaigh Wood became part of the Rockside (Skaigh House) estate when William Symington bought 88 acres of mixed woodland and the Warren. He laid out riverside paths, placed five seats and built a 'fountain', two bridges and four summerhouses. A hunting lodge, whose ruins are still visible, was erected on the slopes overlooking a pheasantry.'

Ska Rocks
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Grid Ref:
SX 6307 9388
Height:
255m
Parish:
Belstone
Tor Classification:
Small
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Metamorphic
Credit:
Paul Rendell
Reference:
Paul Rendell: Dartmoor News Issue 170 September/October 2019: Exploring the Tors in Belstone Cleave
Chris and Marion Walpole: The Book of Belstone (2002)

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