Sharp Tor (Teign Gorge/North East Dartmoor), Drewsteignton, Dartmoor National Park

Sharp Tor (Teign Gorge/North East Dartmoor), Drewsteignton, Dartmoor National Park

There are lots of 'Sharp Tors' in Dartmoor National Park. This one, located near the National Trust's Castle Drogo in the Teign Gorge to the north east of the Park, provides one of our favourite views. The tor is also very easily accessible and can be visited as part of one of the best walks in Dartmoor. Clearly a must if you're holidaying in this section of the Park.

Walk along the banks of the River Teign in the Teign Gorge and you'll see crags rising almost vertically from the gorge wall. These crags are marked Sharp Tor on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map. We've positioned them on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see their exact location. From the top of these crags you'll enjoy exceptional views of the Teign Gorge, Castle Drogo, the Chagford area and Dartmoor's high north plateau around Hangingstone Hill.

If time's short and you just want to see the views from the top of the tor then head for Castle Drogo. You follow a long drive up to the car park by the visitor centre. Just off this long drive is a set of steps that takes you to the top of Sharp Tor and a popular walking route called the Hunter's Path. If time's more flexible then we'd recommend completing the Teign Gorge Circular Walk that takes in Sharp Tor. Note that if you're walking late in the day when the sun is to the west then it's likely that the view will be less clear. We've walked the Teign Gorge Circular Walk dozens of times over the years in all seasons and never tire of the views. It's a remarkable place.

Other similar Dartmoor beauty spots where tors and crags provide fine views of valleys include Ger Tor in Tavy Cleave, Black Tor above Black-a-Tor Copse National Nature Reserve, West Cleave Tor over West Cleave, The Dewerstone in the Dewerstone Valley, Harton Chest in Lustleigh Cleave and Bench Tor above the Dart Gorge.

Other 'Sharp Tors' include Sharp Tor (West Dartmoor), Sharp Tor (Dart Gorge/East Dartmoor) and Sharp Tor (South Dartmoor).