17   Principal elevations


High Willhays, or Willis as the Moor folk call it, is not a tor at all, that is, it is undistinguished by any granite outcrop, being the southern end of a ridge-like mass, 2,039 feet above sea-level, Yes Tor, at the northern end of the same ridge, being 11 feet short of this and so just failing to capture the championship for the "Tors". These are in the north-west corner of the Moor, in the Okehampton district. The other principal elevations are Cut Hill 4 miles to the south, near the sources of the Tavy and East Dart), 1,981 feet; Great Links, or Lynx Tor, 3 miles to the south-west of Yes Tor, a huge mass of upraised granite that rises in barrel-like piles, some of them 50 feet high, as difficult to scale as the boggy approach is awkward to negotiate, and the highest of them over l,900 feet; Fur Tor, near Cut Hill, 1,877 feet; Great Mis Tor, 3 miles north-west of Princetown, 1,761 feet, a striking eminence with an extensive crest gained by an easy, if rather protracted climb, which is rewarded by a fine panoramic view; and Caw sand Beacon, more frequently written and always called Cosdon, near the northern edge of the Moor and 1,799 feet high. Sittaford Tor, a little to the east of Cut Hill, is 1,764 feet high. More to the south and east are Hamildon Tor, 1,737 feet, with Hamildon Beacon, 1,695 feet, a little to the south on the same ridge, and, like it, commanding glorious and far-reaching views; and to the south-east of these, Rippon Tor, 1,564 feet, and north of it the famous Hay Tor Rocks, 1,491 feet. A word or two here as to the origin of tors, ridges and the Moor itself. A recent and most competent authority, Mr. A. W. Clayden, in his History of Devonshire Scenery, tells us that what he aptly terms, 

The "Dartmoor Dome" 

must have been more or less covered with volcanic products, either arranged in a great composite volcano, or in a number of smaller cones and craters high above the present contours of the Moor. Brent Tor, or as it is now generally written since it has prosaically given its name to a railway station, Brentor, near Tavistock,


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