Rocks

Rocks

As always nothing is simple on Dartmoor and the distinction between a tor and rocks is one such example. The term ‘rocks’ can be used in two separate ways when alluding to granite outcrops. Firstly there are the instances where the term ‘rocks is used as a place-name suffix. In effect they could easily be called ‘tors’ but for some reason the ‘rocks’ suffix has been attached. Examples of the occurrence would be Blacktor Rocks, Heytor Rocks, Greator Rocks, Kestor Rock, etc. As can be seen, the first place-name element still retains and incorporates the word ‘tor’.

Rocks

The second way the word ‘rocks’ can be used is as a substitute for the descriptive element, ‘tor’. In effect these places are tors but again for some unknown reason are deemed ‘rocks’. Such places include Ausewell Rocks, Bonehill Rocks, Hemstone Rocks, etc. In some cases it could be argued that the term ‘rocks’ refers to a more or less completely eroded tor such as in the case of Prince Hall Rocks but then the theory breaks down when ones looks at Bonehill Rocks. The table below shows many of both of the above instances which in some cases can be found in the list of tors as well:

 

NAME OS GRID REF. ALSO KNOWN AS
AUSEWELL ROCKS SX 731     716 AKA Hazel Tor, Lion Rock. (Rivers of Devon )
BEACON ROCKS SX 6685 5911 AKA Ugborough Beacon, Peek Down Rocks, Pikdon Rocks.
BLACK ROCKS SX 6295 6705  
BLACK ROCKS SX 6553 5832  
BLACKATOR ROCKS SX 6669 7500  
BONEHILL ROCKS SX 7315 7745 AKA CharbeTor. 
BROADA STONES SX 618     819  
BROADUN ROCKS SX 632     806  
BUTTERN ROCKS SX 6530 8868  
CHARLIE’S ROCKS SX 6830 7590  
CHERRYBROOK ROCKS SX 621     796 Small outcrop below Lower White Tor.
CLITTER ROCKS SX 743     790 Rocks between Widecombe-Manaton path and Great Hound Tor. 
DRY LAKE ROCKS SX 633     664  
EMSWORTHY ROCKS SX 752     769  
FALL ROCKS SX 6799 6472 A cascade. 
FLOCK O’ SHEEP SX 628     907  
FLOUR ROCKS SX 6821 7401  
FORD ROCKS SX 6075 6195  
GNATS ROCKS SX 6164 6791  
GRADNOR ROCKS SX 7810 8025  
GREATOR ROCKS SX 747     786 AKA Grea Tor.
HEMSTONE ROCKS SX 646     835  
HINGSTON ROCKS SX 769     858  
JOHN CANN’S ROCKS SX 814     798  
KIT ROCKS SX 6130 8270  
LOWTON ROCKS SX 667     835 AKA Lowton Borough and Loughten Tor.
MANATON ROCKS SX 7483 8156 AKA Manaton Tor.
OLD HILL ROCKS SX 6682 6310  
OUTCOMBE ROCKS SX 5779 6844 AKA Outcombe Waste & Out Home Waste. 
PEEK DOWN ROCKS SX 6685 5911 AKA Beacon Rocks, Pikdon Rocks & Ugborough Beacon. 
PETER STONE ROCKS SX 542     787 AKA Whit Tor & Peter Tor
PIKDON ROCKS SX 6685 5911 AKA Beacon Rocks, Peek Down Rocks & Ugborough Beacon.
PIXIES PARLOUR SX 720     896  
PRINCE HALL ROCKS SX 6139 7407  
PROWTYTOWN ROCKS SX 5285 7452  
ROCKS, THE SX 568     833 A stretch of The Tavy.
RYDERS ROCKS SX 677     647  
SADDLE CLOVE ROCK SX 7320 7827  
SADDLE ROCK SX 5410 7441  
SCOBETOR ROCKS SX 7234 7500  
SCORHILL ROCKS SX 6585 8710 AKA. Scorhill Tor.
SETTERS SX 5327 7798 AKA Setters Rocks. 
SETTERS ROCKS SX 5327 7798 AKA Setters.
SHAPTOR ROCKS SX 8095 8085  
SMALLACOMBE ROCKS SX 754     783  
SOUTHCOTT ROCKS SX 744     801  
TAW ROCKS SX 611     876  
THREE ROCKS, THE SX 7321 7350  
TUNHILL ROCKS SX 731     758  
WEST CLEAVE ROCKS SX 6090 9408  
WHITENKNOWLES ROCKS SX 585     672  
WILDBANKS ROCKS SX 611     802  
WOODER ROCKS SX 712     789  
YEALM ROCKS SX 6168 6391

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