Sherlock Holmes – Hound Tor, Devon

Hound Tor is famously remembered for inspiring a number of artists and writers, such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles.’ Conan Doyle brought his famous detective hero Sherlock Holmes to Devon to solve the mystery of a man supposedly killed by a ghostly ferocious hound. His story became mixed up with one that is quite common across Britain, the notion of a pack of ghostly or hellish hounds which come sweeping across moors and lonely places at night with a demonic huntsman.

Become your own detective and viait Hound Tor.  It is only 20 miles from Torquay and offers sunning views across Dartmore National Park.

Hound Tor is a great example of a heavily weathered granite outcrop, easily accessible and situated within a few minutes from the B3387 between Bovey Tracey and Widecombe-in-the-Moor.

It is thought that Hound Tor derived its name from the shape assumed by the blocks on the summit that have been weathered into forms resembling the heads of dogs peering over the natural battlements.

However, according to a local legend, Hound Tor was created when a pack of hounds were turned to stone. These hounds are still believed to haunt the moors and Devon’s folklore includes tales of a fearsome supernatural dog known as the Yeth Hound who is a fierce hunter. The dogs are described as jet-black in colour snorting fire from their nostrils.

On a misty day, Hound Tor can feel wonderfully haunted (partly to do with Conan Doyle’s contribution), but moreover, for the concrete and visible remains of a medieval village on the slopes of the Tor, whose last inhabitants left or died during the early 15th century.

Hound Tor is definitely worth the visit, and is a testament to the mystery, beauty and intrigue that surrounds Englands’ iconic Dartmoor.

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