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

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Book Map


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How to navigate using .GPX files

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