Great Staple Tor

Tor Information
Name: Great Staple Tor Grid Reference: SX542760
Height: 455 m / 1492 ft    
Notes: A most impressive Tor. As you approach from the south you are greeted by two large stacks forming a 'gateway' at the top of the Tor. Great views across to Great Mis Tor and Merrivale Valley.
Great Staple Tor
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Parking You can park in Cox Tor car park (SX 53137 75150) or one of the small off-road spots (SX 53332 75165)
  Military Ranges
Warning Great Staple Tor does not sit in or nearby a military range.
Bog Bog
  No serious bogs however the ground between the Staple Tors and Cox Tor can be soft during wet weather.
Easy Easy: This Tor is very easy to get to and is less than fifteen minutes from the car park


Recommended Walk


Distance: 5.4 mi Difficulty: StarStar
Other Tors Visited: Cox Tor, Great Staple Tor, Little Staple Tor, Middle Staple Tor, Roos Tor, White Tor
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Leg Instruction
1Park your car at the car park at Cox Tor (SX 53137 75150).
2Cross the road and head across the small patch of ground toward Little Staple Tor.
3From here climb the hill to Middle Staple Tor and on to Great Staple Tor with it's towering gateway stacks of granite.
4Roos Tor is now visible about a quarter of a mile NNW of Great Staple Tor. Cross over to Roos Tor. You can ignore the range warning sign on the top as you will not be crossing onto Merrivale Range on this walk.
5You should now be able to see White Tor directly north of Roos Tor around a mile and a quarter away. The distance is quite deceiving as White Tor looks much further away when the weather is worse! A strange optical illusion.
6There are plenty of animal tracks from Roos Tor to the end of the wall that encloses fields belonging to Wedlake Farm. Please do not climb the wall and shortcut across the fields. Continue to the end of the wall where the ascent to White Tor is obvious.
7When you reach White Tor's summit you'll notice several mounds of stones. These are the remnants of and Iron Age fort and settlement, thought to be over 3000 years old. The views to the upper moor, Tavy Cleave & Great Links Tor are stunning and White Tor is a great spot to have lunch and just enjoy the views.
8Head SW from the top of White Tor and you will see a well walked park crossing the moor from W to E. Aim for Stephens Grave (SX 53602 78115). A fascinating story surrounding this Stephen's Grave can be found on the Legendary Dartmoor site
9ow follow the track S into a corner where several fields meet. You will see a brook with a gate beyond. A signpost then clearly shows the bridleway route across a field. Please make sure you close the gate when you pass through.
10Once you are across the field and back out on the moor, follow the track toward the corner of the wall and then you are on the last climb of the day up the side of Cox Tor. make sure you stop and admire the views to the west of Brentor.
11After several false summits you will see the Trig Point sitting on top of a mile of granite. The route back to the car is a nice descent along a well trodden path.

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