Thursday, 23 August 2018

Dartmoor: The Two Lesser-Known Tors at Badgers Holt

Badgers Holt Tor lower

Badgers Holt, at Dartmeet, is not known for its outcrops, not at all. Tim Jenkinson appears to be the only person to have ever described two splendid rock piles here, which is worrying given the popularity of this area. On my visit, I saw many people walk straight past them without a second thought. I didn't.

Eric Hemery and William Crossing must have been too distracted in this area otherwise they would've mentioned these two outcrops, surely?

Park the car by the toilets and follow a small track to the right away from the cafe and immediately the lower outcrop appears on your right-hand side as an impressive cliff face of granite. I stopped here and made sure I explored all the nooks and crannies. A superb little tor, much more interesting than the river and ruined clapper bridge for me.

Badgers Holt Tor lower

Badgers Holt Tor lower

Badgers Holt Tor lower

Badgers Holt Tor lower

Follow the path uphill where, again on your right, another great rock pile emerges. Best seen from the gate slightly lower down, this outcrop must be admired.

Badgers Holt Tor higher

Badgers Holt Tor higher

Badgers Holt Tor higher

Badgers Holt Tor higher

So that's Badgers Holt; if you're ever in this area, please do visit. You won't be disappointed and it's not as if they require effort to get to.

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