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Whitstone Rock

Whitestone Rock

Although it sits just outside of the National Park Boundary at about half a mile north of Bovey Tracey town centre, this splendid 'Rock' is included here because of its stature and apparent lack of reference in the literature. No longer represented nor named on OS maps as it once was, the 'Rock' was at the time of writing in 2018 still marked on an information board in the Station Road car park in the town.

The main part of what is indeed a grand tor stands some 15 metres above the ground on a small hill set above Whitstone House. Other much smaller outcrops extend through the wood to the south of the main pile. The Rock does reside on private land, however, the landowners are obliging when polite requests are made to visit. Given its eminence it certainly deserves some credit and recognition.

Despite now mostly shrouded in trees, there appears to be no reference to the feature anywhere in the literature even the Book of Bovey that was published in 2004 whilst providing comprehensive coverage of the same named hamlet gives no mention to the fine feature. Whitstone Rock is quite simply a hidden jewel and one of the grandest lesser known tors to grace the east moorland perimeter.

Whitstone Rock
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 813 793
Bovey Tracey
Tor Classification:
Private (seek permission)
Rock Type:
Ordnance Survey
Tim Jenkinson
Old Ordnance Survey Maps
Tim Jenkinson: East Dartmoor The Hidden Landscape: Rocks and Tors

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