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Tavy Cleave South Tor

Tavy Cleave Tors

The Tavy Cleave Tors are among the most glaring of omissions from Ordnance Survey Maps, for they are so striking that it is shocking to see how underrepresented they are on the most popular map of Dartmoor National Park. The five most prominent outcrops are often collectively known as the 'Tavy Cleave Tors' and have been documented as such in the literature, but only one pile, Sharp Tor, bears its own identity. This is a bit of a mistake because although that tor is perhaps the grandest of the group, it does the other outcrops a disservice.

Crossing (1905) is the earliest known reference and gives us an idea on the number of tors here; "The group of tors to which allusion has been made stands above the north-eastern side of the great amphitheatre and consists of five distinct piles. They are usually known as the Tavy Cleave Tors, only one of them bearing a distinctive title." The smallest and perhaps scruffiest of the Tavy five is the south pile consisting of two ruinous outcrops that are spread on the hillside high above the river.

Dr. Peter Sanders and Alan Watson were the first to describe the remaining four rockpiles individually and attempted to name them in 1996, but it was Tim Jenkinson who gave them slightly adjusted names in his Spring 2019 Dartmoor Magazine article that were agreed after an assessment and consultation with the Tors of Dartmoor team.

Tavy Cleave South 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 5534 8323
Peter Tavy
Tor Classification:
Rock Type:
Alan Watson
Dr. Peter Sanders
Tim Jenkinson
Reference / Further Reading:
William Crossing (1905): Gems in a Granite Setting
Tim Jenkinson (2019): Dartmoor Discovered: Tavy Cleave Tors Dartmoor Magazine 134 Spring
Dr. Peter Sanders and Alan Watson (1996): Tors List 380 Tors Visitations (published privately)

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