Rippon Tor

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Rippon Tor, at 473m (1552ft), is the highest point in the Parish.  A footpath leads up from the car park below the western side of Saddle Tor.  There is much of interest on Rippon Tor. 

There are the remains of 3 prehistoric cairns which may have marked the edges of tribal territories and are some of the oldest structure to be built on the moor, perhaps in about 2500BC.  It is possible that important members of these tribes may have been buried under these cairns.

There is also a reave, built about 1500BC, probably consolidating the boundaries previously marked out by the cairns.  Rippon Tor is within a complex system of reaves forming part of the largest prehistoric field system known in Britain.

Other items of interest, on the sides facing the roads, are 3 unfinished millstones and a recumbent cross (pre 16th century?) cut into the bedrock.

Note that Rippon Tor is not open access land but the owner permits access providing that you take care to use the gates and not to disturb the sheep and cattle that graze there.

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