Royal Hill

Royal Hill is the high point of an enclosed area that was built in the late 18th century by Thomas Tyrwhitt, the man who setup the Dartmoor prison. Tyrwhitt dedicated his Tor Royal estate to his patron the Prince of Wales – hence the name Royal Hill. Royal Hill has a number of Bronze age tombs (or cists) around its hillside, one of which is the Crock of Gold. On the eastern side of Royal Hill sits the Swincombe Farm estate, pinned in by the River Swincombe. The views to the north are excellent on a clear day with Longaford Tor and Higher White Tor easily seen. There are a couple of ways to this hill, either starting out from Whiteworks and following the obvious path to the top or from Princetown following the Tor Royal path out to the Crock of Gold and then up to the summit. There are no military firing areas around this tor


Height – 407 metres            OS Grid Reference – SX618726            Mark out of 10 – 6


Crock of Gold 4

Looking from the Crock of Gold up to Royal Hill

Royal Hill 1

From Royal Hill summit looking to Bellever Forest and tor, with Higher White Tor in the distance on the left

Royal Hill 2

Far distance is Hameldown (flat topped hill) with Yar Tor over to the right

Royal Hill 3

The mast at Princetown easily visible from Royal Hill

Royal Hill 4

Ryders Hill behind Royal Hill summit