The best known of many prehistoric settlements on Dartmoor, Grimspound dates from the late Bronze Age (about 1450–700 BC). The remains of 24 stone roundhouses survive here, within a massive boundary wall about 150 metres in diameter. There are great views of the site from Hookney Tor and the high ground on Hameldown.
Managed by the Dartmoor National Park Authority.
Read more about the history of Grimspound.
Before You Go
Access: Dartmoor is known for its fast changing weather conditions so bear in mind that the site is remote and very exposed. Click here to view the Dartmoor National Park safety advice.
Being open moor land, the terrain in and around the site is naturally uneven, with slip and trip hazards throughout. We advise you to check the weather conditions in advance of your visit, wear appropriate clothing and keep children under close supervision.
Parking: There is limited roadside parking in a layby, located on the right hand side approximately 1.4 miles (2.2km) after turning off the B3212.
We advise you to lock your car and keep valuables out of sight.
Dogs: Ponies and sheep graze freely on the moor so please keep your dog on a lead.
Please be aware: 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.
Plan a Great Day Out
Why not bring a picnic with you to enjoy in these dramatic surroundings of the Dartmoor National Park.
Complete a circuit of further historic sites within the Park by exploring Merrivale, another Bronze Age settlement, and Hound Tor Deserted Medieval Village. The vast Upper Plym valley contains more than 300 Bronze Age and medieval sites.