Inside Bentor Church

Inside Bentor Church

Inside Bentor Church

Inside Bentor Church

Brent Tor, an 1,100 feet high volcanic plug that rears up from the surrounding countryside is one of the most striking sites in the whole of Dartmoor. Perched on the summit is the Church of St Michael of the rocks, the fourth smallest complete church in England. St Michael’s is only 15 feet wide and 37 feet long and has walls just 10 feet high but three feet thick. Constructed of stone that was quarried from the rock beneath, the church is surrounded by a steep churchyard that contains a surprising number of graves considering it’s precarious and seemingly soil-less position. Sometimes lost in cloud, the scramble to the summit of Brent Tor is rewarded on a clear day with magnificent views of Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor and the sea at Plymouth Sound.

Taken - 16/10/11.
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Brent Tor, 4½ miles N of Tavistock off the A386, Dartmoor, Devon.
Photographer:
Stephen Dutch