White Moor Stone Circle, Gidleigh, Dartmoor National Park

White Moor Stone Circle, Gidleigh, Dartmoor National Park

White Moor Stone Circle is probably the best located circle on Dartmoor. Langstone Moor Stone Circle in the west of the National Park and Nine Maidens Stone Circle to the north come close but White Moor Stone Circle's location on the edge of Dartmoor's north plateau offers massive views of southern England's highest and wildest ground in addition to the gentler landscape around Chagford and the flatter ground of Mid Devon and South Devon.

We've positioned White Moor Stone Circle on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location.

It's a reasonably long walk to get to White Moor Stone Circle.

 

Recommended route to White Moor Stone Circle for the first time

To visit for the first time we'd recommend wandering in from Batworthy Corner above Chagford. On this route you cross a couple of Dartmoor's many rivers and streams on granite bridges. Walking in from other directions, you have to ford rivers and streams or undertake more strenuous routes. We cover these alternative routes as well.

Drive the moorland road from Chagford to Teigncombe and then Batworthy Corner. From there, follow the line of the farm wall north west to Teign-e-ver Clapper Bridge and Wallabrook Bridge. Walk up to Scorhill Stone Circle. Continue north west over Gidleigh Common and you'll come to a wide grass track that climbs steadily to White Moor Stone and White Moor Stone Circle. As you approach the circle, those vast views open up. Yes Tor and High Willhays, which are the highest points in southern England, are in front of you. Haytor Rocks is now visible on the horizon to the south east. It's a very special place.

 

Routes and directions to White Moor Stone Circle from the north

From the north. Start at the moorland village Belstone. After a period of dry weather, walk south along the army track to Taw Plain. Ford the River Taw below Higher Tor and then follow the obvious grass track up to the broad ridge on which sit Little Hound Tor and Hound Tor. You'll see White Moor Stone Circle. After a spell of wet weather, when the ford below Higher Tor in Taw Plain cannot be crossed, yomp from Belstone to Cosdon Beacon on top of Cosdon Hill. Drop down to the stone circle. Last, there are paths running from both Sticklepath and South Zeal as well. These are well marked on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map.

 

Routes and directions to White Moor Stone Circle from the west

From the west. Drive from Okehampton to Okehampton Camp. Leave your car in one of the parking areas near East Okement Farm. Walk the military road up to Knack Mine by Steeperton Tor. Ford the River Taw (note that it's not possible after heavy rain) and cross, or loop around, Steeperton Brook to Wild Tor. Drop down to Hound Tor and then the stone circle.

 

Routes and directions to White Moor Stone Circle from the south

From the south. From either Fernworthy Forest or Postbridge, head for Teignhead Farm ruin north of Sittaford Tor. Cross the North Teign River on Teignhead Farm Clapper Bridge and follow the grass track up Manga Hill to Manga Hill Cairn and Watern Tor. Cross Walla brook to Wild Tor. Again, drop down to Hound Tor and the stone circle. Alternatively, head for Sittaford Tor and walk by the farm wall to Quintin's Man. Continue to Whitehorse Hill and Hangingstone Hill. Descend to Wild Tor, Hound Tor and the stone circle.