Sharp Tor (Teign Gorge/North East Dartmoor), Drewsteignton, Dartmoor National Park

Sharp Tor (Teign Gorge/North East Dartmoor), Drewsteignton, Dartmoor National Park

One of the best views in Dartmoor National Park

There are lots of 'Sharp Tors' in Dartmoor National Park. This one, located near the National Trust's Castle Drogo in the Teign Gorge, provides one of our favourite views.

The tor is very easily accessible and can be visited as part of one of the best walks in Dartmoor. Clearly a must if you're holidaying in this section of the national park.

Walk along the banks of the River Teign in the Teign Gorge and you'll see crags rising almost vertically from the gorge wall. These crags are marked Sharp Tor on the Ordnance Survey app or Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map. From the top of these crags you'll enjoy exceptional views of the Teign Gorge, Castle Drogo, the Chagford area and Dartmoor's high north plateau around Hangingstone Hill.


Location of Sharp Tor

The Teign Gorge runs between the National Trust's Castle Drogo and the Dartmoor beauty spot Fingle Bridge/Fingle Bridge Inn. Sharp Tor is located towards the middle of the gorge and is high above the River Teign.

We've positioned Sharp Tor on Google maps. Zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location.


Directions to, and parking at, Sharp Tor

Drive the A382 to the Sandy Park area near Chagford in the north eastern section of Dartmoor National Park.

If you're visiting Castle Drogo, follow the signs from Sandy Park to the National Trust property. Use the car park and wander down to the tor as outlined below.

If you want to walk to Sharp Tor without visiting Castle Drogo, park at Fingle Bridge beyond Drewsteignton or at Dogmarsh Bridge on the A382. Visit Sharp Tor as part of the Teign Gorge Circular Walk as outlined below.


Recommended route to Sharp Tor for the first time

If time's short and you just want to see the views from the top of the tor then head for Castle Drogo. You follow a long drive up to the car park by the visitor centre. Just off this long drive is a set of steps that takes you to the top of Sharp Tor and a popular walking route called the Hunter's Path.


Other routes to Sharp Tor

If time's more flexible then we'd recommend completing the Teign Gorge Circular Walk (Fingle Bridge to Castle Drogo) that takes in Sharp Tor. Note that if you're walking late in the day when the sun is to the west then it's likely that the view will be less clear.

We've walked the Teign Gorge Circular Walk hundreds of times over the years in all seasons and never tire of the views. It's a remarkable place.


The views from Sharp Tor

There's a long, flat viewing area at the top of Sharp Tor. Be careful at the south edge of this viewing point as there are big drops to the River Teign below.

You'll see the heavily wooded Teign Gorge, the National Trust's Castle Drogo, the Chagford area and Dartmoor's high north plateau around Hangingstone Hill. Take a smartphone or camera.


The area around Sharp Tor

Visit Stone Lane Gardens and Mythic Garden Sculpture Exhibition and Spinster's Rock in the local area.

The Teign Gorge is near Chagford. We'd recommend experiencing Fernworthy Forest and the high moor at Scorhill Stone Circle.


Places to eat and drink near Sharp Tor

Try the cafe at Castle Drogo or Fingle Bridge Inn.


Other tors overlooking Dartmoor's gorges, valleys and cleaves

Other similar Dartmoor beauty spots where tors and crags provide fine views of valleys include Ger Tor in Tavy Cleave, Black Tor above Black-a-Tor Copse National Nature Reserve, West Cleave Tor over West Cleave, The Dewerstone in the Dewerstone Valley, Harton Chest in Lustleigh Cleave and Bench Tor above the Dart Gorge.

Other 'Sharp Tors' include Sharp Tor (West Dartmoor), Sharp Tor (Dart Gorge/East Dartmoor) and Sharp Tor (South Dartmoor).