The-Tors-The "Clitter"-The Heights-The Watershed- Dartmoor Forest-Ancient Tenements-Antiquities.
THE visitor gaining his first glimpse of the Moor will at once be impressed by its most characteristic feature-
These outcrops of the granite, appearing here and there on the ridges, have an average height of 1,400 feet, and serve for what in ordinary mountain districts would be peaks of a more homogeneous type, if one may use the term. When the tors, as is sometimes the case, crown occasional peaks of the ridges themselves, the effect is frequently strikingly picturesque, Speaking in a general sense, the Moor, for a full revelation of its grandeur and beauty as a land of mountains, must be viewed from some coign of vantage at a distance, such as the high ground between the valleys of the Taw and the Torridge, especially at Winkleigh, or from the coach road that comes down from the old race-course on Haldon and passes through Chudleigh on its way to Newton Abbot. Here certain of the ridges seem to succeed each other in terrace-like fashion, rising tier above tier on a scale of generous grandeur and increasing altitude, while the tors take the form and appearance of genuine mountain peaks, and their rugged crests and curious shapes blend and harmonize with the wild and somewhat shapeless ridges, which themselves take on an added dignity seen in the mass, and give the welcome touch of relief, as well as the charm of line needed to make the scene beautiful as well as impressive. Some of the tors, which, by the way, take their name from the
Previous page | Page 15 | Next page