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Sloncombe Hill Tor

To the west of Moretonhampstead, beyond the small hamlet of Sloncombe, there rises a modest ridge that stretches north-west for just under 2 kilometres with its entire length followed by a narrow metalled lane. The highest point of the ridge is the lesser known Sloncombe Hill, listed in the Database of British Hills at a height of 276m (906 feet), classed as a Tump (a hill in Scotland, England, Wales, the Isle of Man or Channel Islands which is separated from adjacent tops by a height difference of at least 30 metres on all sides) and with a brief summit description of "tor in pasture".

As the lane approaches the crest of the hill from the south, look east into the private fields and you will see a small summit tor some 80 metres away. What we have here is a split outcrop, perhaps the result of weathering, with two sections no more than half a metre apart. Its stature is disappointing, the view from the lane promises much but in reality, the outcrop is little over 6 or 7 feet in height.

Within the same field, there are two further collections of substantial sized rocks. One looks to be the result of field clearance rather than a natural feature, but another lower pile on the northern edge of the field looks more promising.

Sloncombe Hill Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 7307 8629
Height:
276m
Parish:
Moretonhampstead
Tor Classification:
Summit
Access:
Private (but visible from public land)
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
The Database of British Hills
Reference:
Hill Bagging (the online version of the Database of British Hills): Sloncombe Hill

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