Belstone Tor (Belstone Tors and Tors End), Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

Belstone Tor (Belstone Tors and Tors End), Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

The Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map names Belstone Tor. The Harvey British Mountain Map 'Dartmoor' map names Tors End and Belstone where a series of rocky outcrops run along a broad ridge of moorland at the edge of Dartmoor's north moor. This series of rocky outcrops is Belstone Tor (Belstone Tors and Tors End).

 

We've positioned Belstone Tor (Belstone Tors and Tors End) on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see their location.

 

Recommended route to Belstone Tor (Belstone Tors and Tors End) for the first time

To visit, start from the car parking area at the entrance to Belstone. Wander towards the church and pub. You'll see the road split. Take the south west road as it climbs to the moorland gate at Watchet Hill. Walk to the army flagpole and then follow the track up to the rocky outcrop in front of you called Tors End. There is no single path taking you through this series of rocky outcrops.

 

Naming Belstone Tor (Belstone Tors and Tors End)

Belstone Tor (Belstone Tors and Tors End) run from the outcrop south of Irishman's Wall to the outcrops on the edge of the moor where it drops down to Watchet Hill. The Dartmoor expert Eric Hemery outlines the extent of Belstone Tors in his work 'High Dartmoor':

'Above Winter Tor and Higher Tor - which characteristically rather than topographically are a part of the Belstone range - rise the Belstone Tors proper consisting of several piles connected by decaying rockfields. The highest elevation, 1,567 feet, is attained by the southernmost tor, among the clitter at the south foot of which is an unfinished millstone. North of the pile, among and utilizing the rock-field, the ruined 'Irishman's Wall' crosses the ridge between Taw and E.Ockment ... About 150 yards beyond Irishman's Wall stands Belstone Tor (north), from which the southward view show something of Dartmoor's sombre, spell-binding aloofness. From the summit rocks, where the socket of the war-time flag-pole is still in place, the land falls sharply northward to a fine satellite pile; smaller, but fiercely characteristic, its bold cone dominates the declining northward crest and is aptly known as Tors End (approx 1,500 feet).'

Higher Tor is the vast chunk of granite below the southern outcrop of Belstone Tors on the southern side of Irishman's Wall. The views from Belstone Tors and Higher Tor are sensational.

Note that the Dartmoor expert William Crossing provides different information on Belstone Tors:

'From Watchet Hill we shall proceed to Belstone Tor, nearly 3/4 m. distant, in a direction almost due S., passing on the way two similar piles, the three usually being spoken of as the Belstone Tors.' (Crossing, 'Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor'.) Crossing then goes on to write, 'Belstone Tor (1,567 feet) stands a little to the N. of the Irishman's Wall (Ex. 16), which is here carried from the Taw over the ridge nearly to the East Ockment.'