Dartmoor is well known for its iconic granite tors, topping innumerable hills and providing near-endless objectives for ramblers. Hikes up Haytor Rocks have a special hold over walkers though and it’s one of the national park’s most famous places.
Almost exclusively called Haytor, you’ll find this grassy hill at the south eastern edge of Dartmoor. Seen for miles around, the tor is topped with behemoth granite rocks which lend themselves very well to being scrambled up.
Staggering rocks with equally staggering views
It’s easy to reach Haytor thanks to the B3387 passing immediately south and having multiple free car parks at the base. A visitor centre to the east has public toilets although the westerly car parks are better for hiking from thanks to their proximity to both Haytor and its lovely neighbours.
The magnificent tor stands at 1,499 feet (457 m) but its prominence is miniscule, and a gentle walk from the road will bring you to the bulbous granite. At the top, you’ll find two outcrops, the middle section having eroded away in the distant past. If you feel comfortable and the rock is dry, clamber up for the best views. There are several Victorian iron handholds to help.
Whether you’re perched on granite or happy on the grass, clear days bring some of the best views in Dartmoor. South, Devon’s patchwork landscape unfolds all the way to the sparkling English Channel. North, look to Hound Tor and the hills that undulate far to the horizon.
Prepare to be amazed by Haytor Rocks! The much-photographed landmark is even more impressive when you experience it first-hand. If you climb to the top, you can experience panoramic views across the moorland and, on a clear day, the view extends to the coast. Depending on when you visit, it is a great vantage point for sunrise and sunset.
October 9, 2018
Haytor is a granite tor in Dartmoor, and it’s rocks are some of the most famous in the National Park. The view from the top is a glorious one, although it can get a little windy up there. Luckily, there’s an old hand rail to help you clamber up to the top. Just be careful as it can get a little slippery in the rain.
April 4, 2018
Haytor is one of the most popular spots with visitors and locals alike, It's car park is usually busy and you can often find yourself waiting for ice cream. I have many fond memories of strolls up to Haytor when growing up, I can recommend this a good little walk for those venturing onto Dartmoor for the first time. one of the most iconic of the tors visually as it is the "poster" Tor of the National Park
January 29, 2021
When in the Haytor vale it is hard to not notice the huge imposing figure that is Haytor Rocks, and with great reason. This outcrop attracts many people of all ages and rock climbers alike, attempting to either climb or abseil down this great structure.
When climbed provides incredible panoramic views of all the vale and surrounding areas
May 30, 2020
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