Challacombe Medieval Hamlet, Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

Challacombe Medieval Hamlet, Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor's most famous deserted medieval settlement sits below Hound Tor towards the eastern side of the National Park. An English Heritage site, it attracts plenty of visitors and bus loads of school kids learning about Dartmoor's past. Clearly, it's not the only deserted medieval settlement on Dartmoor. Hutholes and Dinna Clerks are to the south west of Hound Tor. Challacombe Medieval Hamlet is to the west beyond the imposing mass of Hamel Down and by Challacombe Medieval Strip Fields.

At Challacombe, there are a number of Dartmoor longhouses. The farmer and his family lived with their livestock in these buildings. All these medieval settlements were abandoned. Possible explanations include climate change and the Black Death.

We've positioned Challacombe Medieval Hamlet on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location.

To visit, there's limited parking on the road below Grimspound and Hookney Tor. Use the path marked on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map that runs from Headland Warren Farm down Challacombe Valley to Challacombe Medieval Hamlet.

If you fancy a good walk, start from one of the parking areas along the B3212 between The Warren House Inn and Bennett's Cross. Wander across to Headland Warren below Birch Tor and follow the worn path that takes you to Headland Warren Farm and Challacombe Valley. Wander down to Challacombe Medieval Hamlet before looping around the bottom of Challacombe Down to Golden Dagger Mine. Continue to Birch Tor and Vitifer Tin Mine and back to where you started. Refer to the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map for detail.

Note that the hamlet is set in a landscape shaped by prehistoric man. Grimspound is the highlight. Also experience Challacombe's rare triple stone row.