Visit to Tor Royal (Buildings Section)
Wed. 10 June 2020 at 2:30 pm
Tor Royal, Princetown, was built in the late eighteenth century for Sir Thomas Tyrwhitt, who was also responsible for the building of Dartmoor Prison and the Dartmoor Tramway. The house is largely unaltered, with a high-quality interior, and has had many royal connections over the years. It remains in Duchy ownership.
Our guide will be Justine Colton, who farms the land at Tor Royal with her husband David. Justine will lead a walk along the so-called Conchies’ Road, built by conscientious objectors housed in the prison in WWI. The track is rough, and the weather can be variable, so stout footwear and waterproof clothing is advised.
The walk will be followed by a visit to the stable-yard and house with a brief talk about the history of the farm and its creators. A farmhouse cream tea (which comes highly recommended and is included in the cost) closes our afternoon.
Directions: B3212 to Princetown. Near mini roundabout next to High Moorland Visitor Centre, turn off B3212 into Tor Royal Lane. Continue along the lane until you reach Tor Royal (PL20 6SL).