Crane Hill, Princetown, Dartmoor National Park

Crane Hill, Princetown, Dartmoor National Park

It's not the most inspiring place on Dartmoor but if you want to explore the National Park's south plateau then you're going to spend a lot of time skirting Crane Hill's flanks or wandering over its top.

The River Plym rises here. The Abbot's Way arcs around its south west side. Ducks' Pool is on its plateau. Fox Tor sits on its north side offering extraordinary views over Foxtor Mires to the north moor. The North-South (Track) Ancient Travel Route cuts down it. The River Erme rises to the south. Crane Hill will keep you busy.

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

On the ground, Crane Hill is a vast plateau on the edge of the National Park's south moor. Whilst there are boggy headwaters and mires you must avoid, it's a surprisingly solid bit of moorland that can be relatively easily walked *after a spell of dry weather*.

To visit, we'd suggest you walk in from Nun's Cross Farm. There's parking on the Princetown to Whiteworks road. Follow the path marked on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map from Nun's Cross Farm towards Crane Hill. Where it doglegs, continue to the 471 contour line on the map. Wander south to Ducks' Pool.

After rain, stick to the line of the path marked Abbot's Way on that OS map.

You can also head east from Nun's Cross Farm to Fox Tor and then wander up that way. Other routes include following the Wheal Emma Leat (Dry Channel) from Hexworthy or the path from the car parking below Gutter Tor. For a bigger yomp, follow the Abbot's Way from the east or the Two Moors Way up on the old Red Lake Railway. Don't cross Foxtor Mires to get to Crane Hill.