Pew Tor and Windy Post Cross

Tavistock, Devon

About this walk

This is an easy walk of 3 miles over moorland takes in two tors, an ancient cross and involves a little stream jumping.

Pork Hill car park and view point (SX 531751) is on the Tavistock to Princetown road and is a great place for walking on Dartmoor, especially if you have a group of mixed abilities. There is a reasonably flat grassy area by the car park to amble around or else this three mile walk if you’re feeling fitter.

With the car park behind you walk straight on – there is a path that leads diagonally left, but ignore it as you come back on this one. After nearly half a mile you are at the top of a rise with granite wall bordered fields in front of you and Pew Tor on the horizon.

If you are a bird spotter there is a good place a few hundred yards to your right – a rocky outcrop where I’ve sat a couple of times and seen a sparrowhawk.

Bird watching aside, follow the path alongside the wall for a bit. One you leave the wall the path can split into different directions but as the tor is right in front of you it’s not really a problem. Just head for the tor and hop on and off different tracks and cross the any streams. The tor is a mile and a half from the car park.

Pew Tor (SX 532734) looks great in photographs and you can also just sit on top of it and enjoy the views over Tavistock and towards Brentor church. Though you may not want to linger too long as there is a Dartmoor legend about Pew Tor being the home of the piskie king and piskies can be mightly mischievous!

From Pew Tor you can see Feather Tor (SX535741), so head there crossing a stream just in front of the tor on a large rock. This is a small tor, but a pretty area and a nice spot for a picnic.

The path goes over the tor on the left and following the path will take you to a cross known as Windy Post Cross. This is a very old cross (possibly 16th century) and formerly a marker for the Abbot’s Way – an old track used by monks to cross the moor between Abbeys.

It’s also next to the Grimstone and Sortridge leat so you can balance your way over by the cross or walk a little further to a stone bridge. 

The path from here is easy to spot past the cross, so follow it straight on and back to the car park.