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Cothland Barn Rocks

Lustleigh has an unprecedented number of hidden tors on the slopes above and below the village. It is a veritable treasure trove of fantastic outcrops and distorted rounded rocks that are said to resemble huge loaves of bread.

At about a mile and half or so to the north west of the village and well before the left hand turn to South Harton Farm and the old split cross that is embedded in the wall there, we encounter on the right side of the road another huge elongated and rounded rock at Cothland Barn that bulges from the east verge. This uppermost rock is so large that it almost obstructs the road and would certainly cause confusion should two vehicles approach from different directions at the same time.

Enormous when viewed from the side it is apparently part of a much bigger rock field and 'spectacular outcrops' that are set in the Private Gardens of the house that is known by the Cothland Barn name (see Cothland Tor). The sprawling gardens here are occasionally accessible to visitors as part of the Devon Garden Trust (DGT) initiative on their open days, so watch out for a chance to see the lower rocks along the garden path that is described in 2013 by DGT as 'not for the faint hearted'. Sounds as equally intriguing and it does frightening.

Warning! This outcrop is on private land, but it is visible from public land. Should you wish to visit, always seek permission from the landowner.
Cothland Barn Rocks
Grid Ref:
SX 7746 8184
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Private (but visible from public land)
Rock Type:
Tim Jenkinson
Tim Jenkinson: Tors of Dartmoor