Tour by Tor
DARTMOOR for WALKERS
Great Mis Tor - Dartmoor
Walk Introduction - (sketch map)
This walk involves visiting only two Tors but with a commanding view at Great Mis Tor (538m) and a healthy 170m height gain from the car park it certainly feels good to complete. Most of the walk can be reached via the stone-track which leads up to Little Mis Tor. My advice is to follow the track to the top, as the climb is pretty consistent in gradient. From the Great Mis Tor you will be able to pick out your off the beaten track route back to the car park. My route took us a few hundred metres West of the track so as to get a better view of the settlements near River Walkham, and to let the children explore the spring depression (disused tin workings). Again this walk can be accessed from the B3357, the most notable landmark being Nth Hessary TV mast.
From the car park on the B3357 (OS ref 561 749) you must take a short stroll across the B3357 to find the start of the stone-track which maps out most of the ascent. Following the stone-track North for approximate. 1.5 km will get you to Little Mis Tor (OS ref 564 753) height 485m. From Little Mis Tor the ascent to Great Mis Tor (OS ref 563 769) is only another ten or so minutes but the view that opens up is inspiring at a height of 538m. From Great Mis Tor you will be able to make out the stone boundary works, running parallel (southerly) with the track but west by about two hundred metres. If you follow the boundary works back you will find a natural spring that has been used for historically as an opencast mine (560 756). The car park (OS ref 561 749) is then only 500m south and a good 4km walk has been had.
Weather: A modest Northerly, bright and breezy. Temp. 7-9 deg. Snow was still on the ground in sheltered higher points. Route: The route is simple, and a stone track leads most of the way to Little Mis Tor, and only a short amble to Great Mis Tor. Noticeable event: Frog spawn noted in a small sheltered spring 200m West of Little Mis Tor. Date:12 March 2005. Group: 2 adults and 4 children under 10. Distance: 4 km Walk time: 2hr+
view of: stone-track
Great Mis Tor view:
view back toward:
Great Mis Tor