Piles Valley, Harford, Dartmoor National Park

Piles Valley, Harford, Dartmoor National Park

Home to one of Dartmoor's rare high altitude oak woodlands, Piles Valley is cut by the River Erme as it flows from Dartmoor's south moor down to the South Devon coast. Marked on the Harvey British Mountain Map 'Dartmoor' map, Piles Valley is a stunning place. High above to the west is Stalldown Barrow and Stalldown Stone Row. To the east are Sharp Tor (South Dartmoor) and Three Barrows. Piles Copse, the high altitude oak woodlands, is on the east side of the Erme. The world's longest stone row is upstream to the north. It's a great place for a moorland and riverside walk.

We've positioned Piles Valley on Google maps. Zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location. To visit for the first time, we'd recommend walking a section of the valley to Piles Copse. Start from the car parking area at Harford Moor Gate. Follow the line of the wall north and continue on that contour across open moor until you come to a second farm wall. Follow the east side of that and you'll coem to a small stream and then a stile with an information board for Piles Copse.

Alternatively, from the car parking area at Harford Moor Gate, drop down to Harford Church. Turn right, wander over Harford Bridge. Ignore the first gate with a sign on it and continue along the road to another gate with a very obvious track rising to Burford Down. Cross Yardsworthy Waste and pick up the track/road on the western side of Piles Valley.