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Whiddon Park Tor

The Egg Rock

The rocks of this ruined tor are scattered haphazardly through the trees of Whiddon Deer Park to the north of the main path that leads up to an impressive avenue of beech trees and the sculpted rocks known as the Passage carved by Peter Randall Page in 1992. There are some surprisingly large boulders on the slope here and the views from the lowly summit especially in winter through the treetops are very good with glimpses of Hunter's Tor across the River Teign to the north and further to the south and west of Meldon Hill above Chagford. Here a small semi-circular rock basin has formed amid the moss clad rocks at SX 7237 8952.

In the lower section there is a weird upright oval shaped boulder sporting a huge crack in its face that occasioned Tim Jenkinson to christen it 'The Egg Rock' in February 2015. Some of the bigger outcrop type rocks here are indicative of a once significant mass at the site.

Dr. Tim Harrod first drew Tim Jenkinson's attention to this area in his letter of 2011. The tor can be reached by crossing the footbridge under Hunter's Tor and following the path to the south and after some 50 metres or so climbing the slope to the left where the rocks soon emerge entangled in the trees. It is best to visit when the bracken has died down to enjoy both the peculiar granite shapes here and the views on offer as well as giving an opportunity to see the unique artwork that is set beside a gateway higher up the hill.

Whiddon Park Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 724 896
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Rock Type:
Dr. Tim Harrod
Reference / Further Reading:
Tim Jenkinson: East Dartmoor The Hidden Landscape: Rocks and Tors (published privately)

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