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Watern Down Tor

Some 400 metres south of Watern Tor can be found an impressive emergent outcrop first brought to our attention by Bob Fitzpatrick. Due to its position below the spine of the hill, it is difficult to spot from afar but can be seen from the highest part of its aforementioned neighbour.

Hidden from above one would not expect such a grand, natural wall to be located below the hilltop. Its clitter spills down the hillside, penetrating the Great Newtake wall towards what is known as 'Hawthorn Clitter'.

Best viewed from up close, the horizontal joints are not as tightly packed together as Watern Tor, but rather present themselves irregularly. Some sections appear to be crumbling as a result of weathering. Watern Down Tor whilst little known has splendid views over Manga Hill and the North Teign River as it makes its departure off the moorland, and is named from the down on which it resides.

Watern Down Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 6297 8630
Height:
540m
Parish:
Dartmoor Forest
Tor Classification:
Emergent
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Bob Fitzpatrick
Reference:

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