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Access Restored to Gidleigh Tor

October 11, 2013

Paul Rendell, editor of Dartmoor News (see his website at has sent over the welcome news that public access is to be restored to Dartmoor’s Gidleigh Tor.

Back in 2005, when I resigned as chief executive of the Dartmoor Preservation Association, I put forward a motion at their AGM calling for access to be restored to at least 22 tors on Dartmoor from which the public had been excluded.

It was passed overwhelmingly.

One of those “lost” tors was Gidleigh Tor.

Decades ago you used to be able to walk freely to all of these tors. But incoming landowners barred access.

I remember having many chats with an old veteran of the Chagford Home Guard, who used to patrol Gidleigh Tor on dark wartime nights looking for enemy paratroopers.

He was livid that he could no longer go there.

There is much to do at Gidleigh Tor. Undergrowth and brush needs to be cleared away. Below are details of the first clearing day. Help if you can.

And I do hope that Gidleigh Tor will now be dedicated as access land under the CRoW Act.


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