Black Hill (near Cranmere Pool)

This is a rather bleak spot and I can imagine in winter a very tough spot to get to. The Taw, East Dart and West Okemont all have their starting points in boggy ground to the north and east. Black Ridge Brook sits to the west. the only safe ground seems to be from Cut Hill and that can have its moments!! The whole area seems to be covered in bog cotton grass which can only mean one thing. Being where it is, this hill is always going to be a few hours from the car and once there, peat hags and a flat summit area can mean it can be difficult to find the actual summit. However, a bit like nearby Whitehorse Hill, a small cairn has been erected of white stones, meaning you are in no doubt. The views are decent although with the ground around being so flat they aren’t as good as some of the surrounding tors such as Great Kneeset, which is a little surprising given its height. To the south are the best views, to Cut Hill and Fur Tor. The hill sits in the middle of the Okehampton range so be wary of red flags flying on certain days.

Height – 584 metres          OS Grid Reference – SX604847          Mark out of 10 – 6


Black Hill (cranmere) 1

From the top of the Black Ridge peat pass, looking over to Cut Hill on the right and Black Hill to the left

Black Hill (cranmere) 2

Endless long grass from the top of Black Hill

Black Hill (cranmere) 3

High Willhays and Yes Tor to the north, from Black Hill

Black Hill (cranmere) 4

Cut Hill left and Fur Tor right from Black Hill