United Kingdom Vixen Tor

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Richard Fox

About this spot
The tor lies between Tavistock and Princetown. The tor rises 120 feet (37 m) from the moor. It is a granite mass that appears to be made from rocks piled up on each other. The tor is the highest free-standing rock on Dartmoor. From some angles it is said to resemble the Sphinx. Others say it is a vixen and yet others say it looks like an old man with a cap on his head and his back to his wife. 27 rock climbing routes have been identified, but climbing is now completely banned.

The land containing the tor has been owned privately since around 1970. A new owner bought 360 acres (150 ha) of land around the tor in 2003, and at once closed all access to the landmark. She explained that her insurance company had told her she could be liable if walkers or climbers injured themselves on the tor. The Ramblers Association and British Mountaineering Council launched a campaign to publicise the issue, including a "mass trespass" of 20 people on 1 January 2004 but this failed. The Tor and ground around it is private property but this does not stop you taking photos of it.

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