Black Dunghill

Like a fair few of the hills on Dartmoor, nearby Maiden Hill, Skir Hill and Ter Hill come to mind, this place is a bit dull and unlikely to win “best tor on Dartmoor” prizes. There are decent views back to Princetown and the prison and also north towards Great Links Tor but the walk here is fairly uneventful. In the summer the grass will be long and tough to walk over and in the winter the ground surrounding this hill will be boggy. The easiest place to park and get to this hill will be Holming Beam, following the path across the walled field to get near to the bottom of the short climb. This hill sits inside the Merrivale firing range so check firing times before entering and obey the red flags if they are flying.

Height – 492 metres             OS Grid Reference – SX580774          Mark out of 10 – 3


Black Dunghill 1

Black Dunghill from the bottom of the short climb, Great Mis Tor peeking up on the left

Black Dunghill 2

Great Mis Tor from the top of Black Dunghill

Black Dunghill 3

Vast expanse of nothing around this hill


On Black Dunghill, looking across to the Beardown Tors on the right, Lydford Tor to the left, in the middle in the far distance is Higher White Tor


The dark looking White Tor left, Cocks Hill is on the right in the shade