GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Hound Tor

5 miles (8.5 km)

Hound Tor is considered one of the best view points in the Dartmoor National Park. It's a lovely walk to the 414m (1,358ft) 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, theTeign Estuaryand 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 adeserted 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.

Hound Tor Postcode

TQ13 9XT - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Hound Tor OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Hound Tor Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Hound Tor Pubs/Cafes

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.

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 Tracy.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Hound Tor - geograph.org.uk - 860825

This set of rock piles is at the southwest corner of the tor. The distant ridge is Hamel Down.

Hound Tor - geograph.org.uk - 943425

Some tors are avenue tors, being divided into two distinct parts (Hay Tor and Honeybag Tor are examples) but Hound Tor is divided into three, the stepped gray superstructure making it look like a warship.

Hound Tor - geograph.org.uk - 1232810

From this angle, taken a little way into the moorland from Swallerton Gate,the tor falls into three main stacks.

Hound Tor - geograph.org.uk - 860815

The tor has plenty of attractive rock piles to explore. Even though the alignment of many of them trends NNW-SSE, as here, there is a clear avenue (a frequent feature of tors) between the two main parts of the tor which is aligned east-west. These dramatic rocks are on the southern side.

Abandoned medieval village below Hound Tor - geograph.org.uk - 21906

Abandoned medieval village below Hound Tor.

Towards Little Hound Tor - geograph.org.uk - 1499113

The path from Cosdon Hill to the Hound Tors, on a misty day.

Dartmoor, Hound Tor deserted medieval village - geograph.org.uk - 435564

Another view of the deserted medieval village. With Hound Tor in the background, this is a grouping of some three or four 13th century farmsteads on land originally farmed in the Bronze Age. The farmsteads were probably abandoned around the 14th or 15th centuries.

Manaton, Hound Tor - close up - geograph.org.uk - 861422

Manaton: Hound Tor - close up Seen from the path leading to the deserted Houndtor medieval settlement

Elevation Profile

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Hound Tor.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Hound Tor.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)