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Tunhill Rocks

Dream Tor

Tunhill Rocks is a magnificent tor sprawling on the hillside and is most probably the 'Dream Tor' to which the Dartmoor author and poet Beatrice Chase referred to. She lived at nearby Venton for many years and could see the rock pile from her house before the trees obscured the view. We learn from an extract in the Devon and Exeter Gazette that Dream Tor is certainly somewhere in the area as the author's friend and pilot Miss Enid Shortridge remarks on a flight to Dartmoor in August 1934 'Straight over Haldon, we could see Newton Abbot on the left and Bovey Tracey on the right and we passed over Hey and Saddle Tor. Then came down the side of Rippon and Dream Tor and the poet's corner and I pointed out Venton and we swooped.' We later learn that Sanders and Watson (1996) favour this location saying; 'Beatrice Chase chose Tunhill Rocks as her Dream Tor.'

Terry Bound (1991) is incredibly dismissive of Tunhill Rocks when he writes; "A scattering of boulders and stones on the slope below Pil Tor to the west of that group. A few trees grow among them, holly included. Nothing much in that, perhaps, but there's nothing of any note in this site either." We cannot understand this astonishing remark.

Eric Hemery is much more complimentary; "Due south from Hollow Tor is the north-east corner of the Tunhill enclosures and above the outer wall stands the tremendous pile of Tunhill Rocks (approx. 1,300 feet). On the east side on level ground is a small pound and hut-circle; the immense break-away of the summit rocks resembles a jigsaw puzzle in disarray, and a rock-basin on the summit prettily contains moss and stone-crop." There is a well preserved granite trough on the north-west slope, at SX 73141 75829, that the author suggests might have been abandoned because of transportation difficulties.

Tunhill Rocks
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Grid Ref:
SX 7315 7578
Height:
393m
Parish:
Widecombe in the Moor
Tor Classification:
Spur
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Ordnance Survey
The British Newspaper Archive
Reference:
Ordnance Survey Maps
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor
Terry Bound: A to Z of Dartmoor Tors
The British Newspaper Archive: Devon and Exeter Gazette.
Dr. Peter Sanders and Alan Watson: Tors List 380 Tors Visitations

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