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 14th 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.
You can find out more by reading about the history of Hound Tor Deserted Medieval Village and by downloading our audio guide, which is designed so you can listen to it whether you are at Hound Tor or elsewhere.
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.
The walk to the site from the car park is half a mile over Hound Tor itself and includes a challenging climb.
Parking: There is limited parking in Swallerton Gate Car Park, located approximately 1.7 miles after turning off the B3387. View details. We advise you to lock your car and keep valuables out of sight.
Facilities: The site is fairly remote and far from any big hubs. Widecombe in the Moor is a small village located 3 miles away where you will find some facilities including a pub and cafes.
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
With Dartmoor spread before you why not take the opportunity to enjoy a picnic in these spectacular surroundings.
Complete an excursion of further historic sites on Dartmoor by visiting Grimspound and Merrivale, both Bronze Age settlements. The vast Upper Plym valley contains more than 300 Bronze Age and medieval sites.