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Standon Ledge

Standon Hill is a huge granite dome on the western fringe of High Dartmoor and on its slopes can be found extensive clitters, small outcrops and the remains of prehistoric settlements. One of the more prominent outcrops can be found to the north of the military huts and was brought to our attention by tor explorer Peter Freeman in 2019, who had spotted it from afar.

The highest outcrop at the given NGR is a modest emergent rock face that is embedded in the hillside and reaches a height of no more than 6 feet. It is quite an obvious landmark when viewed from the north and west but upon arrival the visitor will notice that reeds partly obscure the Ledge. Lower down the slope the reeds peter out, giving way to lush turf that is strewn in parts by dense clitter and broken rockpiles that indicate the small tor's former magnitude. Views from this point are dramatic, especially northward where the five tops of the Tavy Cleave Tors are seen to great advantage high above the river.

Prehistoric man took advantage of the abundance of loose rock on the hillside that is so common along the valley sides here that there are clusters of bronze-age hut circles, including the ruined village known as Standon Houses which, according to Eric Hemery (1983, p.942), comprise of 'forty-three buildings'.


Standon Ledge
Grid Ref:
SX 5543 8237
Height:
455m
Parish:
Peter Tavy
Tor Classification:
Emergent
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Peter Freeman
Reference:
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor (1983)