Three Stone Circles Circular Walk, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Three Stone Circles Circular Walk, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

The Three Stone Circles Circular Walk, or the Fernworthy Stone Circle, Sittaford Stone Circle and The Grey Wethers Stone Circles Circular Walk, takes you through Fernworthy Forest out onto Dartmoor's high north moor. It takes in three of the many stone circles and stone rows in this section of Dartmoor National Park. The combination of forest, high moor and prehistory is superb.

Head to Fernworthy Forest. A skinny road rises from the Dartmoor gateway town Chagford to Fernworthy Forest's main car park by Fernworthy Reservoir. Continue on the road that skirts the edge of the reservoir until you reach the turning area at the end of the road by the western edge of the water. There's a limited amount of parking available there.

Leave your car and follow the forestry road west through the forest as marked by the broken green line on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map. About half a kilometre from the parking area, on your right in a forest clearing, is Fernworthy Stone Circle. You'll also see stone rows.

From Fernworthy Stone Circle, continue west as the forest road gently rises to a gate at the edge of the forest. The high moors open out in front of you. You'll see the ruins of Teignhead Farm and Sittaford Tor to the south west. Follow the grass track that climbs steadily to Sittaford Tor.

Take in the views from the rocky outcrop and then wander south west for a couple of minutes to see the second stone circle Sittaford Stone Circle.

Retrace your steps to Sittaford Tor and then follow the farm wall east to The Grey Wethers Stone Circles.

Walk back to the wall and follow it east again to a gate in the forest boundary. Wander into the forest and you are on a forestry track that descends to Fernworthy Stone Circle and your car. This track is clearly marked on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map so refer to it for detail.