Neadon Cleave, Horsham Cleave and Water Cleave, Manaton, Dartmoor National Park

Neadon Cleave, Horsham Cleave and Water Cleave, Manaton, Dartmoor National Park

Neadon, Horsham and Water are hamlets and part of a village in the eastern section of Dartmoor National Park. A cleave is generally accepted to mean a valley. Neadon Cleave, Horsham Cleave and Water Cleave are located next to one another in the upper section of the Bovey Valley. Collectively, they form the south face of the valley. To the north, on the other side of the River Bovey, is the magnificent Lustleigh Cleave. Given the high number of paths in the Bovey Valley, it's useful to refer to these various cleaves when planning trips.

We've positioned Neadon Cleave, Horsham Cleave and Water Cleave on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see their general location. We'd recommend you study the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map to see the many paths you can take through the cleaves. Note that the path that runs from Horsham to Horsham Steps is particularly impressive. The path from the Kestor Inn and Water down to Clam Bridge is exceptionally steep although you often see mountain bikers tearing down the side of the valley here.

There are plenty of circular walks running through the cleaves. We'd suggest walking from the car park at Manaton to Horsham and then crossing the River Bovey at Horsham Steps or Foxworthy Bridge via Horsham Cleave or Neadon Cleave. Loop round to Peak Farm and then yomp up to Hunter's Tor. Follow the broad ridge on top of Lustleigh Cleave down to Harton Chest and then Sharpitor and Nut Crackers. Descend to Clam Bridge and trudge up that exceptionally steep path in Water Cleave to Water (below the Kestor Inn). Take a right turn to Horsham and then Manaton. This route is clearly marked on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map and takes in all three cleaves covered in this listing.