Sunday, 3 May 2020

Dartmoor: Shaptor Wood - Part 4: The Tors in Bearacleave Wood

Bearacleave North Tor

Continuing on from Part 3 where we left John Cann's Rocks, we enter Bearacleave Wood where the footpath takes on a sharp right and begins ascending steeply. 

Bearacleave North Tor


Ascend halfway up the slope and turn right; head deeper into the woods and round the left outcrop ahead to see the best part of Bearacleave North Tor at SX 815 797. The main pile is nicknamed 'The Walrus' on account of its appearance and was noted by Tim Jenkinson in a Dartmoor Magazine article, but also by boulderer James Clapham in 'Dartmoor: A Climbers' Club Guide' (2017).

Bearacleave North Tor

'The Walrus' at Bearacleave North Tor

Bearacleave North Tor

Bearacleave Middle Tor


To the south-west is perhaps the grandest tor in the southern part of this complex of woodlands, and certainly one of the best on East Dartmoor: Bearacleave Middle Tor at SX 815 796. The various outcrops here have been afforded nicknames in the aforementioned 'Climbers' Club Guide' with the 'Waller Slab' and 'Goalmouth Boulders' being among my favourite outcrops here.

Bearacleave Middle Tor, nicknamed the Goalmouth Boulders

Bearacleave Middle Tor, nicknamed the Goalmouth Boulders

Bearacleave Middle Tor, nicknamed the Waller Slab

Bearacleave Middle Tor

Bearacleave Middle Tor

In April 2019, I discovered a fine rock basin atop one of the outcrops at SX 81583 79616.

Rock Basin atop Bearacleave Middle Tor

Rock Basin atop Bearacleave Middle Tor

Bearacleave South Tor


The final tor in this large 4-parter is the aptly named Bearacleave South Tor at SX 814 795, its main feature being what the bouldering community have nicknamed as the 'Mega Wall' which it really is; a huge wall of pale granite with good holds to support the boulderer.

Bearacleave South Tor

Bearacleave South Tor

Bearacleave South Tor, nicknamed as the 'Mega Wall'

Bearacleave South Tor, nicknamed as the 'Mega Wall'

Passing the south-east section of Bearacleave Middle Tor, you rejoin the footpath which takes you to the south entrance to Bearacleave Wood at Furzeleigh Lane where there is space for a few cars, but please do not block field entrances. An alternative place to park is down in Bovey Tracey in Station Road Car Park, but this involves a rather steep ascent up to the woodlands.

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