Hound Tor

Hound Tor

  • Remains of medieval village
  • Large granite outcrops
  • Ancient site

Hound Tor on Dartmoor is a place steeped in history and was reported to have been the inspiration for Conan Doyle´s Hound of the Baskervilles.

To the south-east of the tor, on a north-eastern-facing slope are the remains of Hundatora, a deserted medieval village, which was excavated between 1961 and 1975. It has four Dartmoor longhouses, many with a central drainage channel, and several smaller houses and barns. The three grain storage barns appear to have been adapted to include corn dryers, indicative of the deteriorating climate which led to the abandonment of the settlement by 1350. The settlement is first mentioned in the Domesday Book as belonging to Tavistock Abbey.

There are a number of older remains of human occupation nearby, including a prehistoric farmstead 400 metres north-west of the settlement, and to the south are some Bronze age hut circles.Outlines of medieval fields can still be seen, especially from vantage points on top of the tor. The fields are bounded by "corn ditches" - granite walls fronting a ditch, with earth piled up behind the wall.

For places to stay in Devon, as a base from which to visit Hound Tor and the surrounding area, please see: Country House Hotels in Devon , Coastal Hotels in Devon , Spa Hotels in Devon , Bed & Breakfasts in Devon or Self-Catering Cottages in Devon

Hound Tor was used extensively in location filming for the 1975 Doctor Who story The Sontaran Experiment. Whilst it is cloaked in mystery and supposedly haunted, the shapes of the granite can get your imagination working overtime – are they animals and people turned to stone by the pagan witches from long ago?!

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