Fox Tor, Princetown, Dartmoor National Park

Fox Tor, Princetown, Dartmoor National Park

In comparison to the larger north moor, the National Park's south moor has relatively few tors. One of the most impressive is Fox Tor.

Situated on the edge of Dartmoor's south plateau, overlooking the infamous Foxtor Mires to which the tor gave its name, Fox Tor provides magnificent views over Dartmoor's central bowl to its north moor. The tor is also close to two ancient travel routes that cross the moor. It's a superb location and we'd very much recommend a visit.

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

To visit for the first time, we'd suggest starting from one of the car parking areas on the Princetown to Whiteworks road. Wander down to Nun's Cross Farm. From there, follow the Devonport Leat east and then north east until you come to a farm wall. This wall runs south of Foxtor Mires in the direction of Fox Tor. Take the track on the south side of the wall and wander to the foot of Fox Tor. It's a short, sharp yomp up the flank of the south plateau to Fox Tor.

Alternative routes include walking from the car parking areas below Gutter Tor or at the eastern end of Burrator Reservoir. You can also follow the Wheal Emma Leat (Dry Channel) from Hexworthy.

For more challenging routes, try those two ancient travel routes to which we referred above. The Buckfast to Tavistock Monastic Route is easier. The North-South (Track) Ancient Travel Route is much more difficult.