Black Tor - North Dartmoor
Sitting above the West Okemont River towards the north western edge of Dartmoor is Black Tor, or Black-a-Tor.
There are no roads to Black-a-Tor but one must walk up the Okemont Valley northwards until the rocky outcrops of the granite tor can be seen.
The copse – Black-a-Tor Copse – is a high altitude oak English rain forest, made special by its climate, and kept special by its remoteness. Black Tor copse sees far fewer visitors throughout the year simply due to the long walk and lack of roads in this part of the world. North Dartmoor is perhaps the most remote place in the Westcountry.
England has innumerable little patches of rainforest, the most famous being Wistman’s Woods – popular tourist destination well served with a hotel (Two Bridges) and being at the centre of Dartmoor, just a couple of miles from a car park. If you are interested in Wistman’s Woods but resistant to the long treck to Black-a-Tor Copse, then check out our blog post with 5 Alternatives to Wistman’s Woods -expect gnarled mature trees shorter than you would see elsewhere, covered in life – indeed this is one of the defining characteristics of a rainforest.