Ted Hughes Memorial Stone, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

Ted Hughes Memorial Stone, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

A memorial to the Poet Laureate Ted Hughes was unveiled in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey in December 2011. More appropriately, another memorial was helicoptered onto the high moors of Dartmoor National Park a decade before. It's a simple granite stone sunk into a mound close to the head of the River Taw near Hangingstone Hill and Cranmere Pool.

For anyone who loves the poetry of Ted Hughes, make the effort to visit. It's a long walk from any direction, the terrain around the memorial is up there with the most demanding on the moors but the location is true.

We've positioned the Ted Hughes Memorial Stone on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its exact location. The stone is clearly visible on the satellite imagery.

We've walked to the area from all directions. The route described below is, in our opinion, the easiest. We completed it with eight and ten year olds so it's well within the reach of any fit person. With children of that age, we tend to cover a mile in thirty minutes or a kilometre in about twenty minutes.

 

Walking from Belstone

As ever, we'd suggest you refer to the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map for detail when reading these directions.

Start at Belstone. Walk to Oke Tor. From there, drop down to the ford at Steeperton Gorge. Follow the army road as it ascends towards Hangingstone Hill. Below Hangingstone Hill, the road splits. Head west towards Okement Hill. The road drops down to a second ford before rising steeply. The head of the River Taw is to your left. Leave the army road and follow the contour of the high ground. You'll see a mound next to a steep, rocky hillside. The Ted Hughes Memorial Stone is on that mound.

This is difficult terrain so take care. If you find yourself in a steep valley up at the head of the River Taw then you've gone too far. Again, look at the satellite imagery as we've positioned the Ted Hughes Memorial Stone in its exact location.

 

Stover Country Park The Ted Hughes Poetry Trail

If the poetry of Ted Hughes is of interest, we'd really recommend following the Stover Country Park The Ted Hughes Poetry Trail in Stover Country Park Local Nature Reserve which is located just beyond the eastern boundary of Dartmoor National Park. The Templer Way runs through Stover Country Park as well.