Hen Tor

Tor Information
       
Name: Hen Tor Grid Reference: SX593652
Height: 414 m / 1358 ft    
Notes: An imposing Tor that sits high about Ditsworthy Warren. From a distance it appears to be made up from a mound of boulders and surrounded by scree. When you reach the top you find there is more like the traditional tor with granite slabs making up the summit.
 
Hen Tor
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Location

 

 
   
  Parking
Parking You can park at the car park near the Scout Hut just along from Sheepstor Village (SX 57780 67330).
   
  Military Ranges
Warning Hen Tor does not sit in or nearby a military range.
   
Bog Bog
  No bogs although the side of the hill to Hen Tor can become soft in wet weather.
   
  Difficulty
Easy Easy: This Tor is very easy to get to with a steady climb. Crossing the Plym can be difficult depending on the height of the water. Be careful of footing around the scree slope.
   

 

Recommended Walk

 

Distance: 5.4 mi Difficulty: StarStar
Other Tors Visited: Hen Tor, Shavercombe Tor
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Leg Instruction
1Park your car at the car park near the Scout Hut just along from Sheeptor Village (SX 57780 67330)
2Follow the track from the car park, past Gutter Tor to Ditsworthy Warren House. This used to be a rabbit breeding farm and if you look in the 'walled garden' close to the house you can even see the holes in the wall where the dogs lived!
3Follow the track down to the River Plym and cross where you can. This can prove tricky depending on water levels. You may have to resort to removing your boots and wading across.
4Now you face a steady climb up to Hen Tor. As you near the tor head around the top where you can enjoy the spectacular views of the moor.
5If you now head in a SE direction you should intercept the head of the shallow that is formed by the head of Hen Tor brook (this can get a bit boggy in wet weather). Follow this up and it leads you straight to the Trig Point on the 'unnamed hill'. This is one of the highest points on southern Dartmoor. On a clear day you can see well down into Cornwall.
6Follow the natural plateau for around half a mile and you should see the forming of the Shavercombe valley on the left. Head into this and follow it gradually down (on the left hand side of Shavercombe Brook) as the valley deepens.
7About half way down the valley you will find Shavercombe Brook Waterfall (a great spot for lunch!)
8Just past the waterfall you will come across Shavercombe Tor which just sits on the side of the valley. It's nothing more than a little collection of granite outcrops.
9Further down the brook you will find it meets the River Plym and once again you have to make that crossing.
10Once across you are at Drizzle Combe, famous for stone rows and standing stones. Worth stopping to look at. When you are ready carry on up until you hit Whittenknowles Rocks and from here you should be able to see the Scout Hut in the woods.
11Head straight for the woods and then back to the car.



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