Shilstone Tor, Throwleigh, Dartmoor National Park

Shilstone Tor, Throwleigh, Dartmoor National Park

Shilstone Tor is a small, rocky outcrop above a narrow moorland road that skirts the north east side of Dartmoor's north moor. There's parking for a handful of vehicles below this tor.*

It's a great place from which to wander up to Cosdon Hill and Beacon and then the National Park's north plateau. The views are sensational as you walk west from Shilstone Tor to higher ground.

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

To visit, drive the Okehampton to Whiddon Down road below the A30. When you get to South Zeal, turn south towards Throwleigh. The road splits before Moor Farm. Keep to the road that skirts the high moor. Don't drop down to Throwleigh. Shilstone Tor is small so keep an eye out for a rocky outcrop above a parking area. It'll take you a minute to walk to the top.

From there, we'd recommend fording Blackaton Brook and yomping up the side of Cosdon Hill to Cosdon Beacon. It's an easy walk. The views are extraordinary up top. We think it's the easiest route to Cosdon Beacon. You can extend the walk by taking in Cosdon (The Cemetery) Stone Row. From there, you can cross Blackaton Brook downstream of the ford marked on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map or wander down to Shilley Pool for a wild swim before walking back to Shilstone Tor.

Note that Raybarrow Pool is west of Shilstone Tor and is one of the most dangerous places in Dartmoor National Park. Avoid.

*If the spaces are full, there are other small parking areas along the road as you drive north from Shilstone Tor to Moor Farm. There's also plenty of parking just north of Moor Farm.