10 Of The Best: Dartmoor Highlights
1. Hound Tor
Climb over the tor that was the inspiration for the Sherlock Holmes mystery, Hound of the Baskervilles, and visit the remains of the Medieval village of the manor of Hundatora.
3. Hookney Tor and Grimspound
The largest Bronze Age settlement on the moor. The 15-minute climb to the top of Hookney Tor gives you the best view of it.
4. Fernworthy Stone Circle
Requires a drive along narrow lanes to get to the carpark then a pleasant 15 minute walk to a clearing in the forest.
The tiny parish church of The Church of St Michel de Rupe ("Saint Michael of the Rock"), sitting atop Brent Tor, is one of the cutest you’ll ever see, and the views are spectacular. Around the Tor are Iron Age earthworks, the remnants of a hill fort.
6. Buckfast Abbey
Built by six monks between 1907-1938 on the foundations of the former abbey that was disbanded in 1538 on the orders of King Henry V111.
A picturesque group of granite and thatched houses and St. Peter’s church, with it's quirky clock face.
8. Widecombe in the Moor
The home of Widecombe Fair.
9. Dartmoor Prison
The Mad Axeman, Frank Mitchell and the Acid Bath Murderer were all inmates at Dartmoor Prison, a grim, gothic jail in the mist-wreathed Dartmoor town of Princetown. Once a byword for the most violent offenders, the prison – now Category C – has a museum for the macabre-minded, featuring makeshift weapons and confiscated escape gear. Most shocking is a razor mounted on the tip of a toothbrush and vicious knuckle-dusters made of six-inch nails. Most amusing is the time-honoured classic of knotted bed sheets, once used in an escape attempt. Also on display are leather-belted tunics, which were used for restraint, and a fading photo of a "mad cupboard", in which deranged prisoners were locked and doused with freezing water.
Home to the best preserved ancient 'clapper' bridge on Dartmoor, built around the 12th or 13th century to enable pack horses to cross the river, carrying tin to the stannary town of Tavistock.