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
Please be aware: As Dartmoor is a National Park directional and descriptive signage is very limited in order to protect the natural beauty of the area. We would suggest taking an OS map to help locate the site. We would also recommend downloading the audio guide below to make the most of your visit.
Dartmoor is known for its changeable weather conditions and the site is remote and very exposed.
Parking: There is limited parking in Swallerton Gate Car Park, located approximately 1.7 miles after turning off the B3387. View details.
Access: The walk to the site from the car park is half a mile over Hound Tor itself and includes a challenging climb.
English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
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