Hurston Castle Tor

This ones a bit of a lesser known tor, however it is in an area that is lacking is any great outcrops, as it sits between Fernworthy and Shapley Common. The tor is beside the infant River Bovey, however don’t let the word infant fool you, it can be tricky to cross and the areas around the river to the south west are especially boggy. As a result the best route in is from the north west, stay about 200 metres uphill from the river until you meet a path heading down, not far from a wall and beside gorse, follow this down to the ford. Now you will need to pick a spot based on how comfortable you are, I went downstream and found a couple of rocks which allowed me to rock hop across the river. On reaching the tor you will realise that this place is a good one for a camp and there is a good spot to the south of the river just south west of the tor, lots of grass, water from the river and peace. No views to speak about from this tor though, except back along the valley towards Water Hill. This tor is not in any military firing areas.

Height – 406 metres           OS Grid Reference – SX704822           Mark out of 10 – 6.5

Hurston Castle Tor ahead in the gorse

There’s kind of a mini ridge behind the outcrop in the above photo. This mini ridge gives a decent view back out along the valley towards Water Hill

At the back is this outcrop below the Silver Birch trees

The front outcrop is over there, I crossed here on those rocks below at the bottom. Its a tricky river to cross unless you bring wellies