King Tor

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  • OS Map Coordinates: Sheet 191 - SX 709 815
  • Latitude: 50°37'08.2"N
  • Longitude: 3°49'35.7"W
  • Geo ID: geo:50.6189,-3.8265?z=15


  • Paragliding: Club Pilot
  • Hang-gliding: Club Pilot

If unsure, check with one of the club coaches before flying.


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In good conditions you can launch from the tree about half way up.

Take Off

Good, if clear of bracken.

Top Landing

Good, providing you go far enough back.

Bottom landing

Can be difficult for HG in moderate winds. Landing field a long way in front of take off .
PG; Slope landings no problem.


Inexperienced HG may be nervous about a landing field so far in front of take off.

Note: In the valley immediately downwind, there is an area we have been asked to avoid landing, near Challacombe Farm.

Local Flying

Very good soaring.

XC Flying

Excellent potential. But read Dartmoor Flying.


Parking at the top

From Princetown take the B3212 past Postbridge. Turn right sign posted “Widecombe on the Moor”. Follow the road until it starts to go down hill, you’ll see a stone wall going up the hill on the left, park where it’s possible ensuring you’re well off the road. There’s a carpark a bit further down on the left.

Walking to takeoff, follow the stone wall up from the road, when you reach the adjoining stone wall turn right and follow path until you see the small telegraph poles on the left. Follow those until you get to the tor.

See the interactive map for a visual guide and route.

Parking at the bottom

It’s quite a walk up and a faff to get to but the option is there, read on.

From Princetown take the B3212 past Postbridge. Turn right onto B3344, at 1.5 miles turn right for Vogwell Cottage / Kendon Farm. At the bottom of the valley stop and check the bottom landing field, next to the stream and parking area. This field is surrounded by trees and has a small muddy depression
crossing the middle. It is renowned for breaking uprights. Beware rotor.

Mr Christian Stephens the farmer here is very friendly, so if you see him as you pass through the farmyard on the way up the hill, please stop for a chat as we rely on his goodwill for ease of access. Shut all gates as you pass through. If the weather is wet and the ground muddy it will not be possible to go much beyond the farmyard without a 4 wheel drive vehicle, so unload the car and return it to the bottom landing area. With good weather and a vehicle with good ground clearance it is possible to continue up the lane to a gate which allows access by foot into the last field. On no account drive your car into this grass field.

When bracken is high, the easiest path is not obvious, about 10 meters from the start of the moor, up the gully continuing from the lane, turn right along a contour track, about 60 metres turn left up a narrow track running 45° to the fall line. continue up past the lower bracken to clearer areas.

Alongside the track, around the landing field / stream area.

Do not block the Access Road.

Sat Nav directions to parking.

Interactive Site Map

Emergency Information

Dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Police and then Mountain Rescue explaining your circumstances.
If you cannot make voice calls, you can now contact the 999 Emergency Services by SMS. Note: You must register this prior to an emergency.

You will need to provide the following information:

  • Name and mobile number of who is calling
  • What has happened?
    What is the problem, state of the casualty. Ensure you use Fall from Height and Remote Location.
  • Location: OS Grid Reference Sheet 191 - SX 709 815 or specific location if different.
  • Details of casualty: Name, Age, Address (if known).