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.
You can also watch a short film, Medieval Houndtor: A Contested Landscape, created by the Dartmoor National Park Authority, which was researched by almost 40 volunteers and produced as part of a community heritage project, Moor Medieval.
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. Being open moor land, the terrain in and around the site is naturally uneven, with slip and trip hazards throughout.
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: Dogs on leads are welcome.
Please Be Aware: Dartmoor is known for its changeable weather conditions so bear in mind that the site is remote and very exposed.
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.