Fox Tor

Fox Tor closeupFox Tor from Crane Hill

Fox Tor, in central Dartmoor is a remote but easy to access location. It is situated about a mile or so south of Princetown. It sits above Fox Tor Mire which, allegedly, was the insipration for The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

There are two main ways of approaching this tor. The first crosses the mire from Whiteworks but that involves some knowledge of the area to cross easily and safely. Therefore I chose another route for my first visit -from Nuns Cross Farm. Just before reaching the farmhouse from the northern approaches, take a left turn and follow the, at first, indistinct track to Nuns Cross Ford. From here the route is easier to pick out. A walk of about 20-30 minutes, via Little Fox Tor, gets you to Fox Tor itself.

I visited on an overcast day which is why I chose to convert my photos to black and white.

I chose to return to Nuns Cross via a circular route to the south of the Plym. This took in Crane Hill, Great Gnat’s Head, Calveslake Tor, and Little Gnat’s Head. The walk took me into  into the fringes of the southern moor. This is a less feature-rich area than the northern moor with rounded hills and few points of interest. I had to be careful not to get lost.

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