On my first visit to Dartmoor, I expected to see the Hound of the Baskervilles. But instead of dark and gloomy fantasy creatures, I got ponies, sheep and stones galore. Later on I learned that the stone formations are called „tors“. They go by fascinating names such as „Vixen Tor“ or „Bonehill Rocks“.
In this 360 degree shot there are three tors at close range and a few farther away. While guesses on their total number vary, some say that there are about 170 to be seen at Dartmoor. Well, I didn’t count, but according to Legendary Dartmoor, there are very few places on the moor from which a tor of some kind is not visible. I fully agree. And as the view from the top of one of these formations is quite splendid, I guess they really might have been some sort of Celtic watchtowers: Legend has it that the word „tor“ might be derived from the Celtic word twr which meant a ‘tower’. Tors provide habitats for much of Dartmoor’s wildlife, as I witnessed on that specific day. The highest point of the park High Willhays, 621 m above sea level.
Nice to know: As an area of moorland Dartmoor is protected by National Park status as Dartmoor National Park. Located in southern Devon, UK, it covers 954 square kilometres. Dartmoor’s granite dates from the Carboniferous Period of geological history. The entire area is rich in antiquities and archaeology. Worth a visit any time.