A collection of walks, discoveries, insights and pictures of exploring Dartmoor National Park
August 17, 2020
HART TOR RIFLE RANGE
This Rifle Range has fascinated me for a long time especially the target end, so armed with some additional information from the Heritage Gateway website, I made this visit to photograph and record my explorations.
The Heritage Gateway describes the range as “surviving as a line of low granite posts about 600mm high beside a footpath leading to Hart Tor. The row of posts goes through a Bronze Age settlement with one post actually set into the wall of one of the roundhouses. The date given varies from early 19th century to mid Victorian. Suggested that it was constructed for guards at the nearby Dartmoor Prison which was built by French and American POWs in 1806 but lay empty after the wars of that period until 1850 when began to be used for convicts and criminals. The target is at the Hart Tor end of the range”