Cox Tor trig pillar stands at 442 metres high (1,450 feet), it is a commanding viewpoint on the western side of Dartmoor above the ancient town of Tavistock.
About Cox Tor
Cox Tor is Dartmoor’s second-highest non-granite tor (after White Tor) that is composed of dolerite and metamorphic rocks. The views all around are mesmerising: looking far north the great escarpment of tors and hills climbs to the spine of rocks at Great Links Tor. Moving clockwise and much closer to us the grand tors of Roos, Great Mis, Great and Middle Staple, each with their huge clitters that sparkle in the sunshine, rise dramatically above Beckamoor Combe and the Walkham Valley.
Southward you can glimpse the wooded Walkham departing the moor, with lower tors crowning the hillside above its right (west) bank; Vixen, Heckwood and Pew Tors. The River Tamar, and the railway bridge across the Tavy at its confluence with that river, can be made out on an exceptionally clear day. Farthest west can be discerned the eastern heights of Bodmin Moor, including Caradon Hill, Stowe’s Hill and Kilmar Tor.
There are multiple Bronze Age cairns at Cox Tor, especially to the north of the trig point.
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Dartmoor National Park
Dartmoor is a unique protected landscape in Devon, with rare wildlife and free roaming livestock and ponies. Made up of 954 square kilometres (368 square miles) of open moorland and deep river valleys, the landscape is punctuated by exposed granite tors, providing vital navigation markers and rest stops.
There are plenty of opportunities to explore the wildlife and heritage of the park on foot, by bike, horse or on the water. The long history of Dartmoor can be discovered in ancient Bronze Age burial mounds through to mining landscapes of the medieval and Victorian eras.
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