Altitude 454m a.s.l
You must be firkin' mad! © Sean Kelly
This summit is listed in Dartmoor Tors hill lists.This summit has been climbed in 77 logbooks.
Haytor is Dartmoor's largest tor and, along with the The Dewerstone, one of its major climbing attractions. The climbing is uniformly pleasurable and the views from the summit are impressive, although being one of Devon's most popular tourist attractions, Haytor does not include solitude amongst its many credentials. The tor is split into two lumps - High Man and Low Man. The huge brow of Low Man is one of Dartmoor's finest faces and one of its biggest at a height of around 30m. Low Man is home to a couple of the region's best Extremes and, although not totally out of the public gaze, is much quieter than nearby High Man. High Man is also a good crag, although shorter and less impressive than Low Man and very popular with walkers and day visitors.
Haytor is perched high on the eastern side of Dartmoor and is battered by wind and rain for much of the late autumn and winter months. Climbing is possible during the spring on calm warm days but the best time to be at Haytor is on warm summer afternoons and evenings. The crags do not seep, and dry very quickly after rain.
From the A38 Exeter to Plymouth road, exit at the junction for Bovey Tracey. Drive to Bovey Tracey and pick up signs to Widecombe-in-the-Moor (B3387). Follow these to parking beneath Haytor just beyond the turn-off for Haytor Vale. Haytor is reached in a couple of minutes from the parking.