Sonny Copse Tor
Sunny Copse Tor
In that part of Shaptor Wood that is known as Sonny (sometimes 'Sunny') Copse, there are some impressively large boulders above the main lower path that are hidden in the trees with, on high, a much larger fissured outcrop overlooking a dry valley. Its magnitude is hard to decipher for the rocks are spread over a huge area hidden by trees on the steep slopes that are carpeted with vibrant bluebells in spring.
The tor continues up the hill enticing the visitor to scale the slopes where more equally fine outcrops can be seen, some presenting as huge walls of granite about 20ft high. The ground is occasionally littered with branches and steep drops and so it is advised that you take caution when exploring the beautifully wooded outcrops in Shaptor Wood.
The climbing and bouldering community have spent a great deal of time extensively exploring Sonny Copse and the surrounding woodland, giving some of the climbing routes and features on these huge outcrops unusual nicknames. You are directed to their book on the subject for further information (Dartmoor: A Climbers' Club Guide by James Clapham), but we have not repeated those names here. Instead, we have chosen to go with the authentic name of 'Sonny Copse Tor' to group all of the outcrops in that copse.