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White Rock

When passing along the main road through Sticklepath towards Okehampton you will notice, on the steep hill in front of you, a white flag pole with the colours of Devon flying proudly above the village and at its base a rather scruffy and untidily painted rock. To reach you should take the bridleway that starts beside Sticklepath Cross, leaving it left up a muddy narrow path after about 100 metres.

The local walking leaflet 'A Ramble Around Sticklepath' tells of a Methodist preacher who used to visit in the 1700's; "It is from this rock that John Wesley, a frequent visitor to the village, is said to have preached during a storm of hail and rain. Every year since the rock has been given a fresh coat of whitewash." Sadly, the appearance of the rock, as a consequence, has been ruined and when we visited, paint spatters on the vegetation surrounding it were noticed.

Aside from the damage, there is a good view looking down the main street, once the old A30 route to Cornwall before the Okehampton bypass was built.


This outcrop is accessible to the public.
Enjoy, but please behave responsibly and always follow the Countryside Code.
White Rock
Grid Ref:
SX 6380 9413
Height:
240m
Parish:
Belstone
Tor Classification:
Boulder
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Metamorphic
Credit:
Sticklepath Heritage Group
Reference:
Sticklepath Heritage Group: "A Ramble Around Sticklepath" leaflet