White Tor Fort/Neolithic Enclosure, Peter Tavy, Dartmoor National Park

White Tor Fort/Neolithic Enclosure, Peter Tavy, Dartmoor National Park

If you're interested in the history and prehistory of Dartmoor National Park, buy a copy of Phil Newman's 'The Field Archaeology of Dartmoor'. In chapter 2, which covers the 'Mesolithic to Early Bronze Age', there's a section on tor enclosures. Newman writes:

'Two somewhat enigmatic sites that may offer evidence of a Neolithic presence, apart from the burial monuments, are the stone tor enclosures at Dewerstone (Fig 2.4) and Whittor (Fig 2.5). At Whittor the enclosure sits on the summit of the tor, which has the form of a plateau; it overlooks much of western Dartmoor, west Devon and east Cornwall, including Bodmin Moor.'

We've positioned White Tor Fort/Neolithic Enclosure on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location.

To visit for the first time, we'd recommend heading to Peter Tavy on the western side of the National Park. A lane rises to a parking area on Smeardon Down as marked on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map. From there, follow the path up to Stephen's Grave and then across open moor to White Tor and White Tor Fort/Neolithic Enclosure.

Nearby, visit The Longstone Standing Stone (Langstone Moor) and the Langstone Moor Stone Circle. White Barrow is a little further away.