Haytor, Dartmoor, Devon


Crediton, United Kingdom

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Went for a little drive this morning to find a tor! Don’t know where many are at the moment, but had heard of Haytor so plugged in the sat nav and off I went! Infront of Haytor are a few wild ponies. The hill was much stepper than it looks too!

For those who don’t know the Devon and Cornwall moors are famous for their tors. A tor is a rock outcrop formed by weathering, usually found on or near the summit of a hill. In the South West of England, where the term originated, it is also a word used for the hills themselves – particularly the high points of Dartmoor in Devon and Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. Tors are composed usually of granite or metamorphic rocks. Tors can also be found around any previously erupted volcanoes (although Devonian and Carboniferous outcrops are also found), though occasionally of other hard rocks such as quartzite, and are the result of millions of years of weathering. In prehistoric times, when the land was covered in forest, rain water seeped into the ground and gradually weathered the bedrock through its natural cracks, or joints. Once the land became exposed, the weathering was accelerated, particularly during the Ice age when freezing water expanded in the cracks. The result can be seen today in dramatic rock formations.



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