Buttern Hill

The rocky outrop on top of Buttern Hill

Buttern Hill sits in northern Dartmoor on the edge of Throwleigh Common. I visited on a summer day and was pleasantly surprised to find a rocky outcrop on top. The name suggested more of a featureless hill rather than what is effectively a tor. It was an easy walk from my starting point at Shilstone Tor and over easy ground as well.

The views in all directions are fabulous with good old Hay tor visible to the south. Kestor Rock also features prominently as a landmark and the views east over the lower rural landscape are expansive.

On the lower slopes, more or less directly between the summit and the mid-distance Rival Tor, is a stone circle. This is well worth an excursion as it offers a real sense of solitude. It is less dramatic than the nearby Scorhill circle, but much less visited for certain.

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