Penn Beacon

Tor Information
Name: Penn Beacon Grid Reference: SX599629
Height: 427 m / 1401 ft    
Notes: Penn Beacon sits high above the Lee Moor china clay works, not the prettiest of things to have in the view however the rest of the Moor looks stunning. Marked with a cairn and a Trig Point at the apex of the hill.
Penn Beacon
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Parking Park your car just south (SX 60750 61240) of East Rook Gate. There isn't much room for cars but you can park it on the verge just before the track stars. Please be aware that there is a lot of farm machinery movement in the area so please don't block gates and tracks.
  Military Ranges
Warning Penn Beacon does not sit in or nearby a military range.
Bog Bog
  No bogs immediately around Penn Beacon although the ground between Penn Beacon and Shell Top can become waterlogged in wet weather
Easy Intermediate: Steady climb up to the Beacon.


Recommended Walk


Distance: 6.2 mi Difficulty: StarStar
Other Tors Visited: Penn Beacon, Shell Top
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Leg Instruction
1Park your car just south of East Rook Gate at the top of the track (SX 60750 61240).
2Follow the track up to the open Moor. Penn Beacon is visible to the NNW at the top of the hill.
3It's a steady climb up to Penn Beacon and it's a great place to stop for a cuppa while admiring the views (as long as you ignore the china clay works!)
4From here head north to Shell Top. There are well worth paths to follow so you don't have to endure the hillocks and squelchy ground.
5Shell Top is a small Tor in a magnificant position. I could spend all day at this one spot and I think it's got one of the best views on the whole of Dartmoor.
6Head NE to the Trig Point at the summit of 'the unnamed hill'
7The ground changes a little from here. You need to aim for the head of the Yealm valley and the ground is thick with hillocks which always makes for hard walking.
8The Yealm Valley suddenly appears from nowhere and the ground gets easier again (for a little while at least).
9Stay high on the right hand side of the valley initially and follow the course of the Yealm for around half a mile. This keeps you out of the clitter that litters the side of the river.
10After around half a mile, work your way down toward the river and the pretty little waterfall at Yealm Steps, a nice spot for lunch.
11Follow a SW track to intercept the gate that'll lead you into Dendles Waste. From here there is a lovely track that leads you through the reserve and eventually you descend into Dendles Wood
12Stay on the track which winds down and eventually brings you to the brook. Continue to follow the path (which is well signposted) and you will end up on a road.
13Follow the road past North Hele Farm and ont to Hele Cross.
14From here, stick to the road and navigate your way back to the car

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