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Withecombe Rock

The Tors of Dartmoor team have offered up the name of 'Withecombe Rock' for a small, shapely outcrop within the private grounds of Higher Withecombe Farm to the north of Chagford.

While it is on private land it can be seen from the road between Sands Gate Cross and Chagford Bridge at the entrance to the aforementioned farm. It appears to have supported a modest tree which has sprouted from its surface, a rather striking feature that gives this outcrop more prominence from afar. Our thanks go to Fiona Rothwell for supplying the combined close-up images below when she visited with kind permission of the farmer.

The road that passes to the west of Withecombe Rock possesses a fine boundary stone marked BS on Ordnance Survey Maps at SX 69569 89004 which is embedded into the mossy hedges that line this section of the road. On its south-east face, it is inscribed 'T' for Throwleigh and on its north-east face, 'C' for Chagford. To the west of the Rock lies Monks Withecombe which acts as both a wedding venue and a contemporary art gallery.

Withecombe 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 6981 8933
Tor Classification:
Private (but visible from public land)
Rock Type:
Paul Buck
Tim Jenkinson
Max Piper
Reference / Further Reading:
Paul Buck, Tim Jenkinson and Max Piper: Tors of Dartmoor

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