Ter Hill Cross (West), Hexworthy, Dartmoor National Park

Ter Hill Cross (West), Hexworthy, Dartmoor National Park

There are two stone crosses close to one another on Ter Hill on the flank of Dartmoor's south plateau. These crosses are part of the Buckfast to Tavistock Monastic Route and, along with many others, were used as waymarkers for the journey between Buckfast Abbey and Tavistock Abbey.

We've positioned Ter Hill Cross (West) on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location.

To visit for the first time, we'd recommend driving to Hexworthy. Continue on the road towards Sherberton. There's parking by the gates that bar public vehicle access down to Sherberton. From there, walk back towards Hexworthy. Very shortly, you'll see a sign on your right directing you to the south moor. Walk up Down Ridge keeping Deep Swincombe to your right. Where the moor flattens out, you'll come to wide farm tracks rising to the top of Ter Hill. These can get quite boggy. Ter Hill Cross (East) and then Ter Hill Cross (West) are visible on the horizon.

To make this into a circular walk, continue to Mount Misery Cross. Drop down to Foxtor Farm and then wander north to the upper section of the Wheal Emma Leat (Dry Channel). Follow the side of the leat back down to Hexworthy.

If you want to approach from the west, start from one of the car parking areas on the Princetown to Whiteworks road. Head for Nun's Cross Farm. From there, follow the Devonport Leat east and north east until you come to a farm wall. This runs south of Foxtor Mires and will take you the Foxtor Farm area. Yomp up the side of Ter Hill to Mount Misery Cross. Proceed to Ter Hill Cross (West). On this route, you can leave the farm wall to see Goldsmith's Cross and Childe's Tomb and Cross.

If time and fitness levels permit, walking the Buckfast to Tavistock Monastic Route is a superb experience.