Hound Tor is considered one of the best view points in the Dartmoor National Park. It's a lovely walk to the 414 m (1,358 ft) summit with the landscape thought to have inspired 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'.
The walk starts from the Haytor Vale visitor centre where parking is available. You then head to Haytor Rocks which is one of the most popular natural beauty spots in Dartmoor National Park. From here there are excellent views of the coastline, the Teign Estuary and across Dartmoor. The route then picks up the Haytor Granite Tramway to take you to Holwell Tor and then onto Hound Tor, crossing the pretty Beck Brook on the way. Near the summit you will pass the fascinating remains of a deserted medieval village. It includes several buildings dating from the 13th century including longhouses, smaller houses and barns.
From the summit of Hound Tor you descend to Smallacombe Rocks and cross Haytor Down before returning to Haytor Vale.
To continue your walking in the area try our Haytor Circular Walk which starts from the same car park. The loop climbs to Black Hill before exploring the lovely woodland trails in Yarner Woods just to the east of Hound Tor.
PostcodeTQ13 9XT - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Hound Tor Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Hound Tor Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Hound Tor OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Hound Tor Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Head into Haytor Vale and there's some nice options for post walk refreshments. For example you can visit the Rock Inn, an impressive 18th century former coaching inn. The inn has a lot of character with a cosy interior and a nice sunny beer garden to relax in on warmer days. There's a very good menu and an on-site restaurant featuring local meat, game and fish. The Rock also has a free car park and is dog friendly with a separate dining area where you can eat with your dog. They provide good quality accommodation too, if you need to stay over. It's a popular place for walkers to go after climbing Hound Tor and Haytor being located just a short distance from both. Postcode for your sat navs is TQ13 9XP.
Just to the north there's the worthy village of North Bovey where you'll find a 14th century church and some pleasant views of the River Bovey. There's also The Ring of Bells, an historic thatched pub dating back to the 13th century. They have a lovely large garden area with views of the surrounding moorland. There's also a charming old interior with a 15th-century arched door frame, oak doors, low ceilings with beams, open fireplaces and a grandfather clock built into a wall. They serve good food and a fine selection of ales. You can find them at postcode TQ13 8RB for your sat navs. The inn is dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Templer Way long distance footpath starts near the tor. The waymarked trail is a great way to further explore the area on foot. Follow it east and it will take you past Yarner Woods into Bovey Tracey.