Crazy Well Cross, Princetown, Dartmoor National Park

Crazy Well Cross, Princetown, Dartmoor National Park

The Buckfast to Tavistock Monastic Route runs between Buckfast Abbey and Tavistock Abbey. It passes over high moor and is lined with crosses. Where high moor descends to the Burrator Reservoir area are a number of crosses including Crazy Well Cross. It's named after nearby Crazy Well Pool.

We've positioned Crazy Well Cross on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location. To visit, head for the car parking area at Norsworthy Bridge at the eastern end of Burrator Reservoir. Follow the track that skirts Norsworthy Plantation and then Raddick Plantation. These are marked on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map. You hit open moorland and Crazy Well Pool and Crazy Well Cross are to your left. Alternatively, wander down from Princetown or across from the car parking areas on the Princetown to Whiteworks road. If you choose the latter, you can follow a section of the monastic route seeing Nun's or Siward's Cross, Newleycombe Cross and then Crazy Well Cross.

In 'High Dartmoor', the Dartmoor expert Eric Hemery writes:

'Near the south bank of the pool is Clazywell Cross which, in its original form and situation as one of the Abbots' Way series, might have stood slightly lower on the valley-side; the great gert and pool of the Clazywell working have here bitten into the ancient Way, which reappears west of the pool as it makes for (the site of) Raddick Gate. The original base of the cross has disappeared, together with evidence of its true position. The head and arms, sole remnants of the ancient cross, were, however, discovered lower on the hillside, but during restoration it was raised upon a modern shaft cemented into the ground near the pool. I always feel that the conspicuous and beautiful silhouette of the cross, in faintly Maltese outline, does much to counter the effect of the vast and gaping hole at its foot where lie the opaque depths of Clazywell Pool.'