Sheeps Tor

29.4 Miles PL20 6PF

Sheeps Tor is one of Dartmoor’s most imposing tors and it dominates the Burrator reservoir. In reality, Sheeptor is a solid piece of granite crowned by four separate tors. Sheepstor itself is on the SW face with Maiden tor on the SE face and other unnamed piles on the northern faces. There’s a lot of clitter around The origin of Sheeps is unclear but over the centuries this bit of granite has had some unusual names. In 1168 it was known as Sitelestorra (the jagged tor), in 1262 it was Skyteletor (a surprisingly topical name for the digital age), in 1474 it had reverted to a more scatalogical Shittestor and in 1547 it was known as Shistor. On the western side of the tor was a small rabbit warren and you can see the remains of the buries. As the pictures show there are superb views all around.

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