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West Down Piles

Three outcrops, on a spur of West Down, above the River Plym on the opposite bank to the Dewerstone. They can be found very close to the footpath to Shaugh Prior.

The valley side, its position being on the north of the down, means there is plenty of shade and the lichen and moss thrive, creating a beautiful scene of vibrant greens even without the canopy. The lowest outcrop shows this to good effect.

The middle is by far the tallest, a dark mass of rock, ivy and moss. The highest (at the grid reference mentioned) is more interesting, though, with more of the rock exposed.

West Down Piles
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Grid Ref:
SX 5385 6348
Shaugh Prior
Tor Classification:
Private (but accessible)
Rock Type:
Paul Buck

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