Meldon Aplite Quarries, Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park

Meldon Aplite Quarries, Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park

A local information board reads:

'These small quarries expose one of south-west England's most famous rocks - the Meldon Aplite. This rock forms a wide, steep-sided vein which crosses the Red-a-ven Brook and has been worked in two quarries, a small northern quarry and a large southern quarry ... The quarried aplite was used for stoneware, enamelling, abrasives and road metalling and also, over a short period, for glass-making. Spoil heaps and the remains of bridges and other buildings can also still be seen, a testament to how active the quarry was in the past. Nature is gradually reclaiming the quarry and many plants typical of moorland can be seen here such as gorse, hawthorn, bracken and, in the wet areas, rushes. Trees and rocks support a diversity of lichens.'

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To visit, head for the Okehampton area. Follow the B3260 to Graddon Cross and Betty Cottles Inn. There, follow the sign for Meldon Quarry. You'll see a car park on your right as you enter Meldon Woods. Drive past this and continue under Meldon Viaduct. On the rise of the hill, a track to your right drops down to the car parking area at Meldon Aplite Quarries.