Wild Tor, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Wild Tor, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Wild Tor is at the centre of a cluster of remarkable tors and hills on Dartmoor's north plateau. As a consequence, you tend to see groups of walkers, mountain bikers, runners and horse riders pass by Wild Tor as they progress to other destinations within the National Park. Situated on a broad ridge of moorland, Wild Tor is a collection of rocky outcrops running north/south. The views are superb. The high number of flat outcrops and those views make it a great spot for lunch.

We've positioned Wild Tor on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location. Dependent on the weather, it can be a difficult place to get to. After heavy rain or a sustained spell of wet weather, the water levels in the many streams and rivers that surround Wild Tor can make them impassable. As such, you have to take slightly longer routes to the tor that take advantage of granite bridges and high ground. In dry weather, these streams and rivers are very easily crossed.

 

Recommended route to Wild Tor for the first time

With the above in mind, to visit for the first time in any weather conditions, we'd recommend walking in from Batworthy Corner above Chagford. We choose this route just in front of the Belstone to Cosdon Hill route described below because it's slightly easier on the body and there are more Dartmoor points of interest to experience. Clearly, if you prefer the ease of access to Belstone then yomp from there instead.

From Chagford, follow the moorland road that climbs to Teigncombe and Batworthy Corner. From there, walk north west and cross the North Teign River on the Teign-e-ver Clapper Bridge and Walla Brook on Wallabrook Bridge. Wander up to Scorhill Stone Circle. Trend north west and you'll pick up a wide grass track that takes you up to the high ground. Either swing around the top of Gallaven Brook at Gartaven Ford and yomp up to Wild Tor or continue to the White Moor Stone and White Moor Stone Circle. These are on a broad ridge. Follow the ridge to Hound Tor and Wild Tor. There's a very obvious grass track.

 

Routes and directions to Wild Tor from the east

Other routes from the east. Whilst there are tracks that run through the boggy land around the North Teign River and Walla Brook up to Wild Tor, we wouldn't recommend these direct routes. However, you can skirt this area from Batworthy Corner by walking over Shovel Down and along the side of Fernworthy Forest to Teignhead Farm Clapper Bridge. A wide grass track rises north of Manga Brook to Manga Hill Cairn and Watern Tor. More tracks then drop down to the upper section of Walla Brook and then climb to Wild Tor.

 

Routes and directions to Wild Tor from the west

From the west. Head to Okehampton. From there, drive up to Okehampton Camp and follow the army ring road to one of the parking areas around East Okement Farm. Walk up the army road to either the ford at Knack Mine or, upstream, at Taw Ford. Walk across to Wild Tor. This is an easy route unless the river levels are high. We've turned back on many occasions because the river was impassable.

 

Routes and directions to Wild Tor from the north

From the north. Start at Belstone. Cross the River Taw on the footbridge to the western end of Belstone Cleave. Follow the path east along the flank of Cosdon Hill and then south along its back to Cosdon Beacon. This route is a slog but the views are exceptional up top. Drop down to the broad ridge that runs to Hound Tor and Wild Tor.

 

Routes and directions to Wild Tor from the south

From the south. You can walk from Postbridge or Fernworthy Forest. Head for the ruined Teignhead Farm north of Sittfaford Tor. Follow the farm wall to Quintin's Man, Whitehorse Hill and Hangingstone Hill via the peat pass. The usual obvious grass tracks drop down to Wild Tor.

 

Note that Dartmoor's a small place. Unlike in mountainous National Parks, you can cover ground relatively quickly so it's pretty easy to wander to Wild Tor from further away.