Black Tor (North Dartmoor), Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park

Black Tor (North Dartmoor), Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park

Some of Dartmoor's most striking tors are situated above the National Park's many river valleys and cleaves. Black Tor is a fine example.

Black Tor is a series of rocky outcrops located above Black-a-Tor Copse National Nature Reserve in the Upper West Okement Valley. We've positioned Black Tor on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location.

To visit, we'd recommend starting from the car park at Meldon Reservoir. Cross the dam and follow the steep, grassy track that climbs Longstone Hill. You'll see the distinctive outcrops of Black Tor to the south.

Follow the army track towards the tor. The view down the valley to Shelstone Tor and across to Sourton Tors is special, especially if you can visit at sunrise or sunset. If time permits, drop down to Black-a-Tor Copse National Nature Reserve before following the West Okement River across to the south end of Meldon Reservoir. A track takes you around the eastern side of the reservoir to the dam and car park from which you started.

Other tors situated above Dartmoor's many river valleys and cleaves that we'd recommend visiting include Sharp Tor (Teign Gorge/North East Dartmoor) in the Teign Gorge, Ger Tor above Tavy Cleave, Bench Tor above the Dart Gorge and The Dewerstone above the Dewerstone Valley.