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Spitchwick Common Tor

Set in the part of the moor that is known as Spitchwick Common, to the west of Babeny, there is a granite wall composed of large boulders to the east of the clapper bridge. Access can be achieved either from Babeny (on a marked footpath) or from Badger's Holt (southward) along the rocky path, following the right bank of the East Dart River.

With more boulders strewn to the south and above, caves sprouting with rowan trees can be found at the main outcrop at SX 6726 7490. Yet Spitchwick Common Tor is not mentioned by Crossing nor Hemery in any of their books, which is bizarre given its accessibility and significance. However, Tim Jenkinson, in Dartmoor Magazine Winter 2015, gave the tor some credence. It is an alarming omission from the literature prior to this.

At close quarters, the tor is quite imposing and impressive. It rears itself up from the relatively flat floodplain below to the south which is adjacent to the confluence of the Walla Brook and East Dart River, some 200m north-north-east of the stepping stones near Brimpts Northern Wood. The tor on Spitchwick Common is quite simply a grand lesser known tor as described which boasts further boulders extending into the wood south to Badger's Holt and Dartmeet.

Spitchwick Common Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 673 749
Widecombe in the Moor
Tor Classification:
Rock Type:
Tim Jenkinson
Reference / Further Reading:
Tim Jenkinson: East Dartmoor The Hidden Landscape: Rocks and Tors (published privately)

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