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    Hound Tor Walk

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    35 m
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    Hound Tor Walk

    The Hound Tor Walk is a quick and easy adventure in Dartmoor National Park that will lead you uphill for stunning views of the surrounding countryside. While out on the trail, you will climb up the grassy and rock-covered hillside in relatively short order to eventually be subjected to some lovely views that sweep across the undulating terrain of the park. Whether you are a beginner walker or seasoned outdoor enthusiast looking for a short adventure, the Hound Tor Walk is a great option that provides a quick rush.

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    Route Description for Hound Tor Walk

    There isn’t really anything all too bad that can be said about the Hound Tor walk, other than the fact that it simply isn’t long enough; however, those looking for a longer adventure can explore the great network of walking paths that extends from the summit of the hill to the southeast. Make sure to wear proper walking footwear for this adventure, as it is a bit rocky and will require a small amount of uphill climbing.

    What this route lacks in overall length, it more than makes up for with its beautifully scenic views. The trail leads you on a brief climb up the hillside to reach the rocky summit of Hound Tor, where you will enjoy sweeping views overlooking the surrounding Dartmoor National Park landscape. This is a nice and easy adventure that is sure to be a hit with kids and beginner walkers.

    Setting out from the car park, follow the path that leads to the southeast, as it begins to climb gradually up the hillside. Use the large rocks that are scattered around the summit as a guide and simply work your way uphill until you reach the top. Once there, you will be greeted with a spectacular sightline that spreads out in every direction across Dartmoor National Park. Those looking for a bit of local history can take a detour and descend the hillside to the southeast to visit the location of a medieval village that was likely deserted sometime in the 15th Century. After taking in the views and exploring the area around the summit of the hill, head back down the same trail that you came in on to arrive at the car park where you started the Hound Tor Walk.

    Trail Highlights

    Hound Tor Medieval village

    Located just to the southeast of the weathered granite outcrop of Hound Tor, the extensive remains of a village dating back to the 13th Century can be found. It is thought that the village is situated on land that was previously farmed/inhabited during the Bronze Age. A cluster of longhouses characterize the site, with evidence hinting that families lived in one end of the structure while livestock lived at the opposite end. The village is thought to have been abandoned some time during the 15th Century.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Why is it called Hound Tor?

    First mentioned in the Domesday book from 1086 CE, the name ‘Hundatora’ or Hound Tor is thought to have derived from the name of the animal; however, this is not fully known and the true meaning of the name is likely lost in time.

    Insider Hints for Hound Tor Walk

    • Arrive early to secure parking.
    • Wear comfortable walking shoes.
    • For an extended adventure, try visiting the deserted Medieval village on the opposite side of the hill to the southeast.

    Getting to the Hound Tor Walk Trailhead

    To reach the trailhead for the Hound Tor Walk from Widecombe in the Moor, drive northeast on B3387 for 1.9 km and make a sharp left to continue on for 0.5 km. Make a slight right here and follow the road for 2.1 km before making another right. You will find the car park on the left in 70 m.

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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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      Out and back

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