Ride 7: A Taste of the Tors

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Ride Information

START/FINISH: Bennett’s Cross car park, Chagford Common PL20 6TA, 50.619883, -3.866134

DISTANCE: 34.7 miles/55.8km

ASCENT: 5547ft/1691m


TERRAIN: Peaty moorland tracks, riverside forest trails and country lanes. The ride starts at its highest point, so three of the four significant climbs are left until near the end.

NAVIGATION: Challenging, particularly on the southwestern part of the ride. The bridleway from the car park on Bush Down is not signposted; neither are the network of paths around Grimspound. On the outward journey stay left around Shapley Tor, and returning via Grimspound keep right on Hameldown Tor. A compass and OS Landranger 191 are recommended for this ride.


Ordnance Survey Map

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Open Street Map with information markers and elevation

Book Map


Download .GPX file (right click to download)

Download map.pdf from the book (right click to download)

How to navigate using .GPX files

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