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Wray Cleave Wood Tor

To the rear of the Lewdowns Cottage ruins, you will find a badly neglected footpath beside a low grassy outcrop on the upper reaches of Wray Cleave Wood. It is an indicator, or appetiser, to the grand tor a short distance below. Descend the overgrown steps (care should be taken on these slopes), if you can find them on this forgotten right of way, and you will begin to discover more. The ground here now falls away sharply, the footpath is lost, and a quite magnificent tor is laid out before you.

There is a bewildering array of giant outcrops that stud the hillside here, none of which are visible from the A382 road below as they are all hidden under trees. The tor stretches from SX 7758 8434, just south of a small stream that tumbles down a re-entrant. Contouring the slopes as best you can, you can find a narrow gap between two large granite boulders, with a wedged rock above creating an arch.

At its southern extremities, at SX 7761 8426, the tor is more accessible, but no less impressive. This is a truly magnificent tor! Thanks goes to Max Piper once again for first noticing the rock piles here on old Ordnance Survey Maps.

Wray Cleave Wood Tor
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 776 843
Height:
250m
Parish:
Moretonhampstead
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Access:
Private (but accessible)
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Paul Buck
Tim Jenkinson
Max Piper
Reference:
Tim Jenkinson: Dartmoor Magazine Issue 133 Winter 2018: The Rock Piles of East Dartmoor: The hidden landscape Part 2
Max Piper: Dartmoor News Issue 173 March/April 2020: Exploring the Tors in Wray Cleave Wood

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