Budleigh Brake Rocks
The Wray Valley area of East Dartmoor is a spectacular formation created by a transform fault that has carved a deep valley crowned on either side by steep, rock-studded woodlands. These rocks can be found at the northernmost end above Budleigh Farm, near to Moretonhampstead, and can be espied from the ascending public footpath to the left as scattered, mossy clitter.
This charming copse contains an impressive sprawling rock field which obscures small outcrops, the best surviving of these in the lower section at SX 76551 85617 that presents as an emergent, long pile with trees sprouting from its base. Further up the slope the rocks become larger and it is at the woodland's conclusion where the most substantial pile lies, at SX 76593 85627. This outcrop, seen from below as a rather scruffy pile of jumbled boulders bisected by a track, is indicative of a ruined tor in this area, its shattered remnants strewn all over the hillside here.
Historic Tithe Maps label this plot of land (1761) as 'Brake', and seeing as it is within the immediate vicinity of Budleigh Farm, 'Budleigh Brake Rocks' seems a most appropriate appellation. Be warned that straying off the public right of way means you enter private land, and therefore please observe signage if in evidence.