Haytor Rocks to Hound Tor Circular Walk, Haytor Vale, Dartmoor National Park

Haytor Rocks to Hound Tor Circular Walk, Haytor Vale, Dartmoor National Park

Haytor Rocks and Hound Tor (East Dartmoor) are two of the most popular and visited tors in Dartmoor National Park. Haytor Rocks is located on Haytor Down. Hound Tor is located on Houndtor Down. Becka Brook divides them. A new granite footbridge and a much older clapper bridge span the brook and enable a superb circular walk.

This walk is particularly impressive in Spring when bluebells carpet a section of Houndtor Down and in Autumn when the colours turn. It also passes through a number of fascinating historic and prehistoric sites.

Start at the car park by Haytor National Park Visitor Centre. There's usually an ice cream van here. Note that there are also public toilets at the back of the visitor centre.

Follow the wide grass track up to Haytor Rocks. If you have a head for heights, climb to the top of both outcrops. As you would expect, there are great views across the National Park and over South Devon to the sea.

From Haytor Rocks, follow one of the paths/tracks across Haytor Down to Holwell Tor. You cross over Haytor Granite Tramway near the starting point for the Templer Way. Pass Holwell Tor Quarries and pop inside the remarkable Holwell Tor Quarries Hut. A path descends to Becka Brook and the new granite footbridge pictured in the photo gallery.

Cross the water and climb through ferns to Holwell Lawn. In Spring, this is covered in bluebells. Walk north past the pony and horse jumps to Greator Rocks. Yomp up to Hound Tor and then drop down to Hound Tor Abandoned Medieval Settlement (English Heritage).

From there, descend to the clapper bridge spanning Becka Brook. A steep path climbs to Smallacombe Rocks and continues past prehistoric hut circles to Haytor Granite Tramway. Follow the tramway east to the chunk of granite that marks the beginning of the Templer Way by Haytor Quarry. Explore the quarry. It's then a short walk back to Haytor National Park Visitor Centre and its car park.

As ever, we'd recommend that you refer to the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map for detail.