Top Tors to Visit on Dartmoor – Part 1

One of Dartmoor’s biggest attractions to locals and tourists is its many tors – collections of large free-standing rocks, usually located at the top of a hill. There are a variety of different sort of tors, each with their own history, and they come in many different shapes and formations. Whilst some may try to visit every tor, others may wish to limit themselves to fewer. Here are some suggested tors you may wish to visit:

Bellever Tor

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Bellever Tor

This tor is located directly in the centre of Dartmoor. This large tor is one of the moor’s most popular – perfect for a mid-point stop or picnic if you are travelling all the way across Dartmoor.

Combestone Tor

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Combestone Tor

This is tor is very popular to visit. It is considered one of the moor’s most popular tors, because it is located beside one of the moor’s main roads. You will find it located very close to Yartor Down.

Down Tor

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Down Tor

This tor contains a stone circle which is well worth a visit. It is located on the south west side of Dartmoor overlooking Burrator Reservoir and is laid out in an attractive circular fashion.

Great Links Tor

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Great Links Tor

Located on the north west side of Dartmoor and boasting a location of one of the highest points on Dartmoor — 1924 feet above sea level — it is incredibly impressive. If you’re feeling brave enough you can even attempt to climb to the top.

Hound Tor

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Hound Tor

Located near Bovey Tracy and Widecombe-in-the-moor, this is a very easily accessed tor. Nearby you will find the ruins of a medieval village, as well as genuine works of stone construction from the prehistoric times. A must-see.

Hay Tor

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Haytor

Located on the east side of Dartmoor, it is arguably the most popular tor with walkers and coach parties on Dartmoor. In the past there was a granite quarry located here,  (closed in 1919) used in the reconstruction of London Bridge.

I hope you found this brief introduction to some of Dartmoor’s tors interesting, and maybe you’ll get a chance to visit one or two of them?  Also check out our Dog Friendly Devon page.

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