Hound Tor Deserted Medieval Village

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours


Manaton, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 9XG

Before You Go

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 1.7 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.

Please Be Aware: Dartmoor is known for its changeable weather conditions so bear in mind that the site is remote and very exposed.

Being open moor land, the terrain in and around the site is naturally uneven, with slip and trip hazards throughout.

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.

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 within the National Park by visiting Grimspound and Merrivale, both Bronze Age settlements.

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