Hound Tor (Manaton)
Great Hound Tor, Hundatora, Houndtor Rocks, Houndter Rocks, Hounter Tor, Hound Tor Rocks, Houndtordown Rock, Kendrick Tor, Clitter Rocks
This is a magnificent granite tor that inspired 'The Hound of the Baskervilles', by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a book supporting the various black dog sightings in the area. Very popular with rock climbers Hound Tor has a deserted medieval village and access to the avenue is a 5 minute stroll from its own car park which is well known for its mobile burger van named "Hound of the Basket Meals" which has been serving people for well over 30 years.
Some of the outcrops look like the faces of dogs, peering out onto the moor, on lookout. William Crossing says more of it; "This tor, certainly one of the finest on the moor, consists of three main piles, rising to a considerable height above the ground. Around these are smaller masses of granite, the tor covering altogether a large area. The view which the visitor will obtain from it will well repay him for any trouble he may have taken to reach it."
In addition, the north-eastern rocks are known as 'Clitter Rocks', their sprawling nature suggesting that a much grander tor once stood here, and what is left today are just some of Hound Tor's remains. Whilst not of great elevation, Hound Tor can also boast a remarkable 'Cairn Circle & Cist', south-westward from the tor, as it is shown on modern day OS maps. It is a nice place to get away from the crowds that can accumulate at the tor, however, it is in poor condition.