Turning your attention to the Common below the viewpoint, you will be able to observe from some of the footpaths that there are several exposures of sandstones, siltstones and shales that are not normally easy to see. These were formed in deep water during the Upper Carboniferous (the same time that coal was being laid down in South Wales).
The rocks, comprising sandstones with interbedded shale and siltstone, can best be seen along ‘Sliding Rock Path’. The bedding dips south and some quartz veining occurs.
The site is managed by Torrington Common Conservators and Torridge District Council.