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HER Number:MDV104637
Name:Parallel section of the Birch Tor and Vitifer Mine Leat in Fernworthy Forest


A separate section of the Birch Tor and Vitifer Leat which runs parallel through Fernworthy Plantation, to the south of a forest track. Smaller than the lower (northern) section, this leat runs through a clear-felled area of the forest and rejoins the main leat south of the plantation.


Grid Reference:SX 655 826
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LEAT (XVIII to XX - 1793 AD to 1950 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Partly visible on the aerial photography.

Fugro-BKS, 2013, Fernworthy Forest LiDAR survey (Cartographic). SDV351778.

Course of the leat visible on the survey data. Map object based on this source.

Newman, P., 2013, Fernworthy Forest Sites Survey (Un-published). SDV351708.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Southern section of the leat is depicted on the modern mapping, including where it rejoins the main Birch Tor and Vitifer Mine Leat.
Map object based on this source.

Newman , P., 2013, The Archaeology of Fernworthy Forest, Dartmoor, Devon, 60, Fig. 54 (Report - Survey). SDV351784.

Two sections of the leat run in parallel through the south-west sector of Fernworthy Plantation. The majority of the higher leat is currently across open ground, although its course is not so clear near the south end where it has been disturbed by forestry tracks. Both leats comprise a flat-bottomed channel, with very little silting, and a mound of upcast material along the downslope side.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital).
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV351708Un-published: Newman, P.. 2013. Fernworthy Forest Sites Survey. Digital.
SDV351778Cartographic: Fugro-BKS. 2013. Fernworthy Forest LiDAR survey. Digital.
SDV351784Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2013. The Archaeology of Fernworthy Forest, Dartmoor, Devon. Digital + A4. 60, Fig. 54.

Associated Monuments

MDV6576Part of: Birch Tor and Vitifer Mine Leat (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6203 - Archaeological Survey of Fernworthy Forest
  • EDV7389 - Fernworthy Forest condition survey 1996
  • EDV7410 - Fernworthy Forest condition survey 1992

Date Last Edited:Jan 19 2018 1:00PM