Whitehorse Hill Peat Passes and Memorials, Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park

Whitehorse Hill Peat Passes and Memorials, Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor's north plateau consists of rough cut moorland that can be difficult to cross. Peat passes help. There are a number around Whitehorse Hill.

If you are walking to Whitehorse Hill from nearby Hangingstone Hill, it's likely you'll follow the peat pass on the eastern flank of the hill. By following this, you avoid the boggy, peat hag land directly between the two hills. This pass leads to the Whitehorse Hill Cist. The track that leads to the peat pass from Hangingstone Hill and the pass itself are clearly marked on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map. On the ground, this is arguably the most impressive pass in Dartmoor National Park. The peat walls lining the pass are very high. The pass also provides great views over the Chagford area.

Further down the eastern flank of Whitehorse Hill is the Sand Path Peat Pass. This pass is worn and difficult to find. It's on the Sand Path Link which is an ancient track marked on the Harvey British Mountain Map 'Dartmoor' map.

South west of the high point of Whitehorse Hill is a third peat pass. This one leads west towards the East Dart Head. It's worn and difficult to find.

There are memorials at the top of the peat pass near the site of the Whitehorse Hill Cist and on the pass to the south west. They read:

'THIS STONE MARKS A CROSSING THROUGH THE PEAT, WHICH MAY BE OF USE TO HUNTING AND CATTLEMEN; THE CROSSING WAS MADE BY FRANK PHILLPOTTS, WHO DIED OCTOBER 1909, IT IS KEPT UP IN HIS MEMORY BY HIS BROTHER AND SON.'

Below that is a smaller plaque that reads:

'THE ORIGINAL MARKER STONE IS LOST. THIS WAS ERECTED IN 1988 BY THE DARTMOOR NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY IN ITS PLACE.'