Birch Tor and Vitifer Tin Mine (Disused), Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

Birch Tor and Vitifer Tin Mine (Disused), Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

The moorland east of The Warren House Inn is heavily scarred by centuries of tin mining. It's topped by Birch Tor. Birch Tor and Vitifer Tin Mine is the name given to a group of mines worked in this area.

When you visit, you'll walk in, by or above scooped up of the moorland by the tinners. A local information board states that 'the deep gulley beside the path has been cut by miners, following the veins of tin ore back into the hillside. The ore was taken to nearby tin mills where, powered by a water wheel, the ore was crushed, the tin was rinsed from the stone and then smelted down. The low mounds beside the stream are waste spoil left from earlier extraction. Tin has been mined on Dartmoor since the 12th century. Mining continued in this area until the nearby Golden Dagger mine closed in 1930. It was the last working tin mine on Dartmoor'.

We've positioned Birch Tor and Vitifer Tin Mine on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location.

To visit, wander down from the parking places along the B3212 between The Warren House Inn and Bennett's Cross.