Photographer's Note

Combestone Tor must have the 'privilege' of being the most accessible tor on Dartmoor, it is literally about 70 metres from a car park. It does also command some superb views of the Dart Valley which drops down 130 odd metres to the river below. Visit on a windy day and you will hear the famous 'cry of the dart' as the waters crash through the rocky defile. But the tor does have a few more attributes for the moor inquisitive. Firstly, for the geologically minded the tor displays the effects of jointing and the effects of erosion which are all part of the tor formation on Dartmoor. The actual summit of the main outcrop is studded with forming, formed and unforming rock basins which were the one-time Druidical ceremonial basins. Not only were the sacred 'basins' for Druidical purposes but they may serve as a washing place for the piskies who are said to live in a small combe on the side of the tor. It is said that on still nights you can hear the music from their revels wafting up the slopes to the tor. At one time this tor would have been in an remote area between Holne and Hexworthy but the road soon changed that.

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Additional Photos by Leslie Bennett (williewhistler) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1247 W: 41 N: 2372] (16606)
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