Mount Misery Cross, Hexworthy, Dartmoor National Park

Mount Misery Cross, Hexworthy, Dartmoor National Park

Moorland climbs steeply south and east of Foxtor Mires. On the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map, the land south of the mires is marked Crane Hill. The land to the east is Ter Hill.

The Dartmoor expert Eric Hemery edited the Harvey British Mountain Map 'Dartmoor' map and used many local place names. Mount Misery, on the western flank of Ter Hill as it drops down towards the mires, is one such evocative name. Note that the more optimistic Sunshine Valley is just south of Mount Misery.

Mount Misery lies on the route of the ancient Buckfast to Tavistock Monastic Route and is known for its cross and magnificent views. On that ancient route, Ter Hill Cross (West) and Ter Hill Cross (East) are visible a short walk east and Childe's Tomb and Cross is visible below to the west.

We've positioned Mount Misery Cross on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location. To visit for the first time, we'd recommend wandering in from the Nun's Cross Farm area. Follow Devonport Leat east and then north east from Nun's Cross Farm until you come to a farm wall. This farm wall runs south of Foxtor Mires and takes you to the foot of Mount Misery. It's a short, sharp yomp up the side of the moor. You'll see the cross silhouetted in front of you.

Alternative routes include walking up from Hexworthy. Either follow the Wheal Emma Leat (Dry Channel) or trudge up Down Ridge.

Last, the ancient Buckfast to Tavistock Monastic Route is a superb way to experience the high number of crosses marking the route over the high moor.