The extensive, atmospheric remains of this isolated village lie on the eastern edge of Dartmoor. The settlement consists of a cluster of 13th century stone longhouses – in which the family lived at one end and the animals at the other – on land that was originally farmed in the Bronze Age. Hound Tor was probably deserted in the early 15th century. From the top of Greator Rocks, there is a fine view over the abandoned village and the surrounding moors.
Managed by the Dartmoor National Park Authority.
Read more about the history of Hound Tor Deserted Medieval Village.
Before You Go
Parking: There is limited parking in Swallerton Gate Car Park, located approximately 1.7miles (2.7km) after turning off the B3387. View details.
Access: The walk to the site from the car park is approximately ½ mile (0.8km) over Hound Tor itself and includes a challenging climb.
Dartmoor is known for its changeable weather conditions and the site is remote and very exposed.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
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