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First buy yourself the yellow Ordnance Survey Map for Dartmoor, Outdoor Leisure 28, and find Map reference SX686729 for Sharp Tor. I know there's more than one on Dartmoor but this one lies just off the Ashburton to Two Bridges road. It's a bit of a trek but well worth it for the views from the top The best way to approach this Tor is to park in the carpark at the top of Dartmeet Hill (SX681734) and, as you pull into the park, ahead of you is Sharp Tor. A well worn track takes you S.E. down into the small valley and up again onto a wonderful vantage point, the views are tremendous.

Before you even reach the Tor there is so much to see. In the bottom of the valley the path skirts around a small parcel of 'fenced non-access land', the site of a deserted farmstead, Easdon Coombe. A collection of large trees mark the site, so there is no need to trespass. Up the other side of the coombe, the keen observer will have already seen much of interest. When you reach the top, the solitary Hawthorn "hanging on for dear life" is a miracle of survival in itself Geologically look at the formation of the stones, the horizontal layers making up some of the granite masses you pass, and the Tor itself, with both horizontal and perpendicular fissures or faults in it, will make you wonder at what took place here millions of years ago when these granite masses were formed, and the natural weathering of the rock that has taken place since.

The gorse, the heathers, wortleberry bushes, the delicate little tormentil, the grasses and sedges are all there to be admired, and let us not forget the herbal treatments that some of these plants, like the little eyebrights, have been used for, for centuries. For the bird lover there are Wheatears, Stonechats, Skylarks, Birds of Prey and at different times of the year, passing migrants to be observed. For those interested in insect life there is plenty to see and occupy your interest, from little creepy crawlies to butterflies and moths, all this within a small area, a short walk, and for those that can't walk the terrain a pair of binoculars and a magnifying glass will open up a brand new world of interest. There are some fantastic views to be had from the top of the tor From the top of Sharp Tor there is so much to see, look back W.N.W. at the car park with Yar Tor behind it and you will see the prehistoric reeves.

This wonderful Dartmoor prehistoric field system is all around, look S.W. towards Holne Moor and there it is again, sweeping down to the Dart valley and up to the tor on which you are standing. If you are lucky enough to be there as the sun gets low in the sky the shadows make this system even more obvious and self explanatory. The wonderful River Dart Gorge below you, the steep sides of the valley, running down from Mel Tor on the left and up to Bench Tor on the right, fascinating, and ahead of you a patchwork panorama of South Devon. To the S.W. amongst the Fir trees can be seen Venford Reservoir.

Rippon Tor, Saddle Tor and Hay Tor, to the east, Hameldown, Chinkwell and Honeybags, to the north east, and Corndon Tor to the North.

On your way home, take a few minutes to explore the stream at Badger's Holt at the bottom of Dartmeet Hill On the skyline between that and Yar Tor you can see the silhouette of the "Cave Penny Cross" erected in memory of a member of a local family; Lieutenant Anthony Cave Penny, killed in action on 8th June 1918, aged 19 years, commanding his men.

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