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Peek Hill Tor

Peak Hill Tor

The widespread scattering of low outcrops here are collectively known as Peek Hill Tor, and the views of Sheeps Tor and the surroundings are exceptional.

Eric Hemery perhaps supplies us with the best description of this small tor; "The higher, non-granitic dome of Peak Hill (1,312 feet) is capped by a small rock-outcrop involved in a Bronze-Age cairn, a second cairn lying a few yards to the south. A prehistoric reave ascends the hill from the north side of Yannadon and terminates at Sharp Tor.. Peak Hill marks the meeting of the moorland granite with the metamorphosed country rock."

Also, this was the site of RAF Sharpitor. Bill Wilkinson advises; "Ramblers and visitors to Peek Hill on the western slopes of Dartmoor, just off the B3212 Princetown to Yelverton Road, will be aware of the ventilation and access shafts of a small disused, underground structure at the summit. Built in 1956 for the Royal Observer Corps, this was a bunker related to Civil Defence during the Cold War, but is not the first building on this spot. In this area stood the Technical Site of RAF Sharpitor master station in the South Western Gee chain, a radio navigations aid enabling aircraft to fix their position over most of Europe."

Peek Hill Tor
The map above is not a navigation tool and we recommend that the grid reference shown below is used in conjunction with an Ordnance Survey map and that training in its use with a compass is advised.
Grid Ref:
SX 5565 6995
Height:
400m
Parish:
Walkhampton
Tor Classification:
Summit
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Metamorphic
Credit:
Ordnance Survey
Reference:
Ordnance Survey Maps
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor
Bill Wilkinson (1996): R.A.F. Sharpitor Dartmoor Magazine number 44 Autumn p6-8

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