Shapley Tor, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park

Shapley Tor, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park

Some Dartmoor tors are big and dramatic stacks of granite that command the surrounding landscape. Others are small and rather unassuming. Shapley Tor is among the latter.

A scatter of granite towards the top of Shapley Common, it's one of those tors you tend to pass through on your way to another destination. That said, it does provide great views and is in a fascinating area. For example, English Heritage's Grimspound is just south and the Two Moors Way passes close by.

We've positioned Shapley Tor on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location.

To visit, head for the large car parking area and viewpoint on the B3212 at the bottom of Shapley Common. Paths rise through moorland to Shapley Tor. It's particularly beautiful in Autumn when the heather and gorse flowers.