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Webburn Gap East

Paul Buck named the splendid rock faces that oppose one another across the Webburn River as the Webburn Gap and the summit of the eastern cliff can be found just below the lower path which runs through Buckland Woods, a collection of private woodlands that can be accessed by obtaining a permit from Fountain Forestry, who manage them. Please note that straying from the tracks in these woods can be hazardous as they are strewn with branches, boulders and dense vegetation on a steep hillside that makes for difficult walking.

Not far from the start of North Wood the main rock face commands fine views to the west where the opposing cliff, described elsewhere on this database, stands proudly like a menacing beast; a huge wall of metamorphic rock. This part of the phenomenon resides in the Parish of Widecombe in the Moor whereas the eastern cliff is in Buckland in the Moor.

It is a very tough scramble over deceptive terrain from the foot of the main crag up to the higher outcrops and we wouldn't recommend it; approaching from the track above may be easier. It is difficult to absorb the magnitude of the exposed rock here; even the trees fail to dwarf what are essentially a stupendous group of towering rocks that, surprisingly, have never been mentioned in the literature. William Crossing chose nearby Lizwell Meet as one of his 'Gems in a Granite Setting', but he makes no comment on the impressive formations we see here.

Webburn Gap East
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 7176 7316
Height:
200m
Parish:
Buckland in the Moor
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Access:
Private (but visible from public land)
Rock Type:
Metamorphic
Credit:
Paul Buck
Tim Jenkinson
Reference:

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