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The tors are the focus of an annual event known as the Ten Tors Challenge, when around 2400 people aged between 14 and 19 walk for distances of 56, 72 or 88 km (35, 45 or 55 mi) between ten tors on many differing routes.The highest points on Dartmoor are on the northern moor: High Willhays, 621 m (2,037 ft), (grid reference The high ground of Dartmoor forms the catchment area for many of Devon's rivers.In areas where water accumulates, dangerous bogs or mires can result.Some of these, topped with bright green moss, are known to locals as "feather beds" or "quakers", because they can shift (or 'quake') beneath a person's feet.Due to the influence of the Gulf Stream snowfall is not common, though due to its high altitude it is more vulnerable to snowfall than surrounding regions.

Parts of Dartmoor have been used as military firing ranges for over 200 years.

It leaves the moor at Buckfastleigh, flowing through Totnes below where it opens up into a long ria, reaching the sea at Dartmouth.

For a full list, expand the Rivers of Dartmoor navigational box at the bottom of this page.

July and August are the warmest months with mean daily maxima not reaching 18 °C (64 °F).

Compared with Teignmouth, which is on the coast about 22 miles (35 km) to the east, the average maximum and minimum temperatures are 3.0 °C (5.4 °F) and 2.6 °C (4.7 °F) lower respectively, and frost is at least five times as frequent.

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