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Strane Tor

William Crossing is the first to mention Strane Tor without definitively giving us its location. In his book "One Hundred Years on Dartmoor" p.122, he states that it is; "A small tor on the Strane, a tributary of the Swincombe." In Guide to Dartmoor, Crossing provides an additional clue to the tor on the Strane River; "This stream joins the Swincombe below the White Works (Ex. 3). Above its L. bank is a small pile known as Strane Tor."

Eric Hemery, in High Dartmoor p.343 attempted to decipher Crossing's account of the location, but left us with a similarly vague description; "Downstream, the valley narrows between Strane and Peat Cot Hills, on the lower slopes of which two diminutive rock-piles and clitters oppose each other across the river. Crossing writes, without indicating its position in the valley, that above the "River's left bank is a small pile known as Strane Tor", a name not now used."

Tim Jenkinson and Paul Buck finally got to the bottom of this mystery and located the tor consisting of two fair sized sections of bedrock and a charming rock that resembled a fish.

Strane Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 6153 7166
Dartmoor Forest
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Rock Type:
William Crossing
Reference / Further Reading:
William Crossing: One Hundred Years on Dartmoor & Guide to Dartmoor
Paul Buck: Rediscovering Strane Tor
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor

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