This is a long and arduous route across the open moorland of the North Moor of Dartmoor. Whilst relatively easy in terms of height gain, the distance and the conditions underfoot combine to make this an extremely challenging day out. In fact some people may wish to take a tent and stay the night out. The route was inspired by the Ten Tors training I did when I was a youth, travelling up from Bournemouth for weekend training before the actual event. At a guess this is probably similar in the distance that the easiest Ten Tors category has to cover in a day when on the event.
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Distance: 15.22 miles (24.50 km)
Total ascent: 471m
Time: 7 – 9 hours (Walking)
SummitsNorth Hessary Tor 509 m
Rundlestone Tor 480 m
Devils Tor 549 m
Lydford Tor 507 m
Great and Little Mis Tor -1 m
Lynch Tor 517 m
Main car park in the centre of Princetown, SX588736
Frequent off path navigation across rugged open moorland, which is often masquerading as a bog. The grass terrain can be challenging to walk on due to both the dampness and the clumps of turf that constantly threaten to turn your ankles.
Occasional wintry conditions would make this much more of a challenge, although the moor is quite low which means that the snow won't often lie around for too long.
There is a reasonable public bus service to Princetown.
OS Explorer OL28 (1:25,000), OS Landranger 191 (1:50,000) Directory Listings:
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Dartmoor (01822 890 414); Tavistock (01822 612 938); Buckfastleigh (01364 644 522)
by Mark Reeves
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