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Hustler Tor

Many people will have walked along the public footpath that runs between the road at the Stoneycroft residence and the farmhouse at Eastontown on the west side of Dartmoor, without realising that there is a quite significant rockpile set in the trees below the path at SX 5397 7242.

This interesting tor, a hidden gem, was first noted by Peter Freeman in January 2021 and consists of at least four piles that are spread across the upper western slope of what is the private Hustler Wood, roughly 300 metres to the north of the better known Stoneycroft Rocks that are also in the parish of Sampford Spiney.

The best part of the tor is without doubt the upper southern section that although upon first inspection looks quite lowly is deceptively elongated and extends downhill for some 30 metres or so. This is a good-sized outcrop especially on its east side where mostly split and fissured rocks form its substance just below the plantation wall. The most impressive feature is a small low cave amid the middle part.

Other albeit smaller outcrops spill over the slope mostly to the east but each has a charm of its own in this quite secluded and shadowy spot. Although the footpath passes quite close to the tor and glimpses of the rocks can be seen through the trees, it must be remembered that it still resides on private land and therefore permission has to be gained before visiting the rocks here.

Hustler Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 5397 7242
Sampford Spiney
Tor Classification:
Valley Side
Private (seek permission)
Rock Type:
Peter Freeman
Tors of Dartmoor Website (2022)
Ordnance Survey: Hustler Wood, West Devon

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