Beardown Tors – there are three of them – sit in central Dartmoor just north of Princetown. They are some of the highest of Dartmoor’s tors, with the highest of them measuring 513 metres, or 1,683 ft. This puts them 14th in the list, height wise.
There are at least two ways in, but the one I chose was from Holming Beam. Parking the car, walk north along the military road and, when it turns right and descends to the Cowsic river, cross the stream and climb to the three summits.
From the top there are great views of Princetown to the south and of the remote moor to the north. Looking east, you can see the distinct peaks of Haytor and its near neighbours.
This is a good place to, suitably-equipped, strike north to visit some of the remote tors and places of the north moor. The standing stone, Beardown man, although not a near neighbour, is about 20-30 minutes walk north in remoter, wilder, territory.
The colour image on this page is the view northeast from one of the tors, towards Crow Tor. The black and white shot is the view back from Crow Tor, showing the three Beardown Tors in context.
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