The Haytor Information Centre is located next to the car park at the foot of Haytor Rocks, and offers an extensive range of maps, guide books and publications about Dartmoor. There is also a range of useful items for the outdoor enthusiast and a variety of gifts, stationery and local products available to purchase.
Car park and toilet facilities are available next to the Information Centre.
April to October: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
November to March: 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
Haytor or Hay Tor and the adjacent Haytor Rocks are granite outcrops on Dartmoor that are very popular with coach parties and walking groups. It is 457 metres (1,499 feet) to the summit and provides excellent views of the coastline, the Teign estuary and the amazing countryside. Hey Tor derives its name from heah high and is the most visited tor on the moors, the outcrops are classified as an avenue tor meaning that the central section of the tor has been eroded leaving an avenue running between two outcrops.
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Built as a stable block for a coaching inn, the mill is now home for exhibitions of original works by Devon artists and craftsmen as well as a leading charity for craft education. The Guild Craft Shop also sells hand-made gifts and a wide range of contemporary craft work by 250 South West based makers. There is also the Terrace Cafe with local food, a children’s menu and play area along with rooftop seating with views across the town.
Sunday to Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Haytor Road, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9LE , United Kingdom
Good for: Solo
Having a friend who is with the Moor Rescue Team has opened my eyes just HOW dangerous it can be up on those hills - especially when the weather changes in Autumn/Winter and the fogs set in.
The Dartmoor Rescue Group was started in 1968 in the Tavistock area when a small group of local moorland enthusiasts started helping the police with search and rescue on Dartmoor. In due course a recognised official team was formed. Currently the Group consists of four Sections (based on Ashburton, Okehampton, Tavistock and Plymouth), each one capable of functioning independently, plus the main "Original charity" which co-ordinates common training, equipment and comms issues plus is main contact point for organisations. Normally two Sections respond on callouts leaving two as a back up in case of an extended operation.
Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton Team
PO Box 8,
Devon TQ13 7DD
Secretary: Jonathan Hollis
Tel: 07747 033899
Many different people and cultures have left their remains on Dartmoor - stone age right through to 20th century rabbit farming. Sometimes it is not easy to distinguish between them. For example, tin mining has left medieval and 19th century traces of its labour - often on the same sites. They may seem contiguous in time. Equally, stone rows and circles may have hundreds of years between them even though to us they might seem to be built by the same people. Dartmoor has a levelling effect on our past history.
Here are pictures of some of the diverse human relics to be found on Dartmoor. They are loosely collected in date order.
The collapsed Neolithic long barrow at Corringdon Ball Gate (SX 670614). This is one of the oldest human remains on the moor - 3000 BC? Brent Fore hill on the right.
Spinster Rock at Shilstone - SX 703909. Another Neolithic burial chamber.
Scorhill stone circle. Watern Tor and Wild Tor are on the skyline.
Part of the Grey Wethers stone circle (SX 639831). Wethers is an old name for sheep - at a distance maybe the stones look like a load of sheep.
The stone circle (SX 633897) near to White Moor Stone.
A stone circle (SX 563658) near Legis Tor with a row behind.
The Nine Maidens circle on Watchet Hill at SX 613928. There are more than nine stones here but the name probably refers to some pagan nature religion where nine had some significance. In the distance lie West Mill and Yes Tors.
Near the start of the longest stone row in the world - SX 635645. Over 2 miles long it ends at a cairn on Green Hill.
A stone row on Chagford Common (SX 669860)
The Cornwood Maidens - part of the Staldon stone row that strides across the top of the hill. The row is from the Bronze age. Stall moor and the Erme valley are in the background.
The menhir of Beardown Man (SX 596797).
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