Kit Steps, Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

Kit Steps, Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

It's easy to cross the East Dart River after a long period of dry weather. After heavy rain, the river becomes a formidable barrier. If water levels are high, as a rule of thumb, it's best to head upriver to find a safe crossing place. In these conditions, Kit Steps is a potential candidate. A set of natural stepping stones, Kit Steps is located by Kit Rocks between Winney's Down and Cut Hill. Because it's relatively far up the river, Kit Steps is also a crossing place for those traversing the north moor from the Fernworthy Forest area to Cut Hill and then Fur Tor. Note that the further you go upriver, the easier it is to cross because the East Dart River narrows considerably. We cover potential crossing places in our East Dart River listing.

We've positioned Kit Steps on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location.

To visit Kit Steps, start from the car park at Postbridge National Park Visitor Centre. Follow Drift Lane towards Roundy Park. Cross Bradden Lake and yomp up to Broad Down. From there, drop down to East Dart River Waterfall. Continue up the west bank of the river to Sandy Hole Pass. You walk through an old mining landscape to Cut Hill Water and Cut Hill Stream until you reach Kit Steps. Kit Rocks is visible across the water.

Alternatively, if you are traversing Dartmoor's north moor, head for Statts House (Ruin) and then Kit Rocks before crossing the East Dart River to Cut Hill. Clearly, reverse this route if you're coming from the other direction.