Sharp Tor, Corndon Tor & Yar Tor Circular
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It is recommended you take a map. The preferred scale is 1:25k.
Walk Route Description
This trio of Dartmoor tors lie a short distance east of Dartmeet in South Devon. Together they provide a perfect short circular walk that can be easily accomplished in a few hours. The start is an off-road parking area (grid ref. SX681733) on the south side of the B3357 road about one kilometre east of Dartmeet on the road to Poundsgate. Leave Dartmeet and continue along the road. Just after passing the brow of the hill you get your first view of Sharp Tor on your right. Turn right into the parking area.
After parking, follow the path at the back of the car park and head for the summit rocks of Sharp Tor. There are several paths but the summit in sight navigation is reasonably straightforward. From the summit rocks you have a great view south across the Dart Valley to South Devon. To the north, the view includes Corndon Tor and Yar Tor.
From the summit area take the path descending east to reach a lane. Turn east (left) and follow the lane for half a kilometre to reach a T-junction at Bel Tor corner and the B3357 (grid ref. SX695731). Continue straight across the B3357 onto a clear path. This is a section of the Two Moors Way. There are several paths, so aim for the left-hand end of the trees ahead. After the tress, bear slightly right to follow the onward path north to reach a road (grid ref. SX695739).
Turn left along the lane. After 800 metres, take a path on the right and head for the summit of Corndon Tor. Again, there are several paths so choose carefully. One on the summit you have a great panoramic view with Sharp Tor to the south. Descend south-west to the road below, with Yar Tor rising beyond the road. During the descent you pass the Cave-Penney Memorial Cross, which commemorates the bravery of a First World War soldier.
Cross the road and continue along a clear path to the summit of Yar Tor (grid ref. SX678739). From here the view west offers a different perspective of the landscape with the village of Dartmeet below. From the top of Yar Tor you can see the car park where you started. Follow a clear path back down to the road.
Other walks nearby
Walk 3462 Corndon Tor & Yar Tor Circular - easy/mod - 4.3 miles/7 km
Walk 3458 Sharrah Pool from New Bridge - easy - 3.4 miles/5.5 km
Walk 3460 Dr Blackall's Drive & Ponsworthy - easy/mod - 6.8 miles/11.1 km
Walk 3201 Bellever Tor & Postbridge from Bellever - easy/mod - 5.5 miles/8.9 km
Walk 3202 Postbridge & Challacombe Down from Bellever - moderate - 9.8 miles/15.9 km
Walk 2838 Bellever and Laughing Tors from Bellever - easy - 3.5 miles/5.7 km
Walk 1657 Huntingdon Warren & Lud Gate from Scorriton - moderate - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Walk 3757 Buckland in the Moor Circular - easy/mod - 6.3 miles/10.2 km
Walk 1772 Hurston, Lettaford & Two Moors Way - moderate - 8.6 miles/14 km
Walk 1260 Haytor Rocks & Hound Tor - moderate - 7.5 miles/12.2 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
The Two Moors Way
Guidebook to walking Devon's Coast to Coast, a 117 mile route incorporating the Two Moors Way and a section of the Erme-Plym Trail. Beginning at Wembury Bay on the south coast and finishing at Lynmouth, the walk passes through the beautiful countryside of Dartmoor and Exmoor. A map booklet of the full route on OS 1:25K maps is included.
This pocket handbook to navigation will help you master the necessary map and compass skills for mountain walking. Chapters include map scales, symbols and contours, grid references, map reading, bearings, route planning and night and bad-weather navigation, as well as navigating with a GPS.