West Cleave Stepping Stones, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

West Cleave Stepping Stones, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

There are a couple of sets of stepping stones in West Cleave along the East Okement Valley. One set is practical and runs along the side of the East Okement River in the middle of West Cleave. The other set is located in the upper section of West Cleave by Chapel Ford and its modern footbridge that forms part of the Tarka Trail. As is the case with many sets of stepping stones on Dartmoor, this latter set of steps is situated next to a ford.

After rain, the East Okement River swells. About half way up West Cleave, the Tarka Trail runs low and next to the water. Stepping stones have been put in place to help you walk this section of the path when the water level is high. That said, we've been on numerous occasions when the steps were submerged and impassable. To proceed up the valley in these conditions, you have to take the diversion up the side of Moor Brook to Lower Halstock.

The upper set of steps are visible from the footbridge at Chapel Ford.

Note that there are more steps on Moor Brook by Lower Halstock.