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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.

Sonny Copse 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 8103 8060
Bovey Tracey
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Rock Type:
Tim Jenkinson
Reference / Further Reading:
Tim Jenkinson: Dartmoor Magazine Issue 115 Summer 2014: Dartmoor Discovered: Shaptor Woods
James Clapham (2017): Dartmoor: A Climbers' Club Guide

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