Hay Tor (or Haytor) is one of Dartmoor’s most iconic landmarks, so it seems a fitting starting point for a short walk in Devon’s national park. The tor is easy to access via road and there are several car parks nearby to choose from. If you start in the first car park after passing Haytor village you can cross the road opposite and start to follow the path on the other side. Visitors are free to climb Hay Tor is they fancy it, but the hand rails are no longer there as they were objected to by some and eventually rusted!
When you come to a fork in the road, follow the disused tramway and you’ll soon come to one of the routes most interesting sights. You’ll be able to see ancient hut circles still visible. Thought to be the homes of Dartmoor’s earliest farmers, hut circles dot the moor and have fascinated archaeologists for decades.
The path continues through this site to Holwell Tor is often overlooked in the shadow of the looming Hay Tor, but just half a mile away it’s also extremely picturesque. Head west from here towards Saddle Tor and choose which of the numerous paths to follow. Just make sure that you take a right turn at Saddle Tor so that you’re parallel to the road bearing east. You’ll return past Hay Tor, and once you leave it’s easy to follow the path and retrace your footsteps back to the car park.