Things To Do near Belstone and Cosdon Hill/Beacon Circular Walk

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Belstone Cleave, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

Belstone Cleave, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

By Dartmoor standards, Belstone Cleave is a relatively small cleave or wooded valley so it's easy to walk and explore. This website helps people discover and holiday in Dartmoor National Park. It's a practical guide. As such, for the purposes of this listing, we take Belstone Cleav...

Ivy Tor Water, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

Ivy Tor Water, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

Ivy Tor Water is a small stream running off the north flank of Cosdon Hill into the River Taw in Belstone Cleave. We include Ivy Tor Water on Holiday in Dartmoor as a reference point for finding Ivy Tor. You also cross Ivy Tor Water on routes taking you around Cosdon Hill or up to its summit at Cosd...

Ivy Tor, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

Ivy Tor, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

In winter, if you stand on Belstone Great Green and look east along the gorgeous Belstone Cleave, you'll see a rocky outcrop jutting out of the trees on the right hand side, or southern wall, of the wooded valley. This is Ivy Tor. It rises from the south bank of the River Taw next to a steep moorlan...

Belstone Cleave and Skaigh Woods Circular Walk, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

Belstone Cleave and Skaigh Woods Circular Walk, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

Walking/views Start at the car parking area at the entrance to Belstone (by Brenamoor Common). Wander through the village to Belstone Great Green. Cosdon Hill is the vast dome of moorland to the south east. Belstone Cleave is the beautiful wooded valley running east. Stand facing Belstone Clea...

River Taw, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

River Taw, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

For anyone who loves the poetry of Ted Hughes, the River Taw should be a very special place. Near Taw Head, where the river rises, is a simple granite memorial stone to the Poet Laureate. Sunk into a mound on the west bank of the river, a visit to the memorial stone on a walk from Belstone is a grea...

Lady Brook, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

Lady Brook, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

Lady Brook rises on the western flank of Cosdon Hill and flows across the moorland plateau Queenie Meads before dropping steeply down to join the River Taw near Belstone and Belstone Cleave. Near its source are the remains of extensive tin mining activity. Where the moorland drops steeply down the T...

Belstone Great Green, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

Belstone Great Green, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

There's a car park on the right as you enter Belstone. Walk from this car park towards The Tors Inn and Belstone Church and you'll see a small village green with stocks to the left. There are two roads. Follow the left hand road and you come to a pub garden and a large grassy area that drops steeply...

Skaigh Woods Tarka Bridge, Sticklepath, Dartmoor National Park

Skaigh Woods Tarka Bridge, Sticklepath, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

Below the hamlet Skaigh, in the middle of the valley cut by the River Taw between Belstone and Sticklepath, is Skaigh Woods Tarka Bridge. The bridge is named after Henry Williamson's 'Tarka the Otter' and is on the Tarka Trail. It's called Tarka Bridge because a short excerpt taken from Will...

Best Belstone Walks, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

Best Belstone Walks, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

Belstone Belstone is one of the best places from which to walk in Dartmoor National Park. Located on the edge of Dartmoor's north moor, Belstone offers access to many of Dartmoor's most beautiful tors and hills. In addition, you can walk several stunning wooded valleys and explore some top prehis...

The Belstone Ring Cross, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

The Belstone Ring Cross, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

'Holiday in Dartmoor' is part of a network of UK travel sites. Whilst gathering content for these sites, we've been photographing and researching South West England for over a decade. During this time, we've seen a large number of ancient crosses in, or near, churches. The Belstone Ring Cross is a f...

The Tors Inn, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

The Tors Inn, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

Walking pub Dartmoor has some great 'walking pubs'. Up on the high moor is The Warren House Inn. In the east of the Park is Widecombe-in-the-Moor's The Old Inn. Belstone's The Tors Inn is superbly situated for those wanting to explore Dartmoor National Park's north plateau and then relax with a p...

Belstone Church, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

Belstone Church, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

Many Dartmoor churches dominate their surroundings. Widecombe-in-the-Moor's 'Cathedral of the Moor' is the most obvious example. Moretonhampstead St Andrew's Church rises high above its moorland gateway town. Manaton St Winifred Church is visible from miles around. Belstone Church, however, is tucke...

Best Dartmoor Pubs, Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park

Best Dartmoor Pubs, Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

(Pictured the Ring of Bells Inn in North Bovey) Award-winning pubs on Dartmoor The Rugglestone Inn near Widecombe in the Moor was voted one of the best UK country pubs in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018. The Rugglestone Inn is in the east section of Dartmoor. Also try The Treby Arm...

Ladybrook Tor, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

Ladybrook Tor, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

Many of Dartmoor's tors attract huge numbers of visitors. Others, like Ladybrook Tor, are off the beaten track and passed on route from one area of the National Park to another. Ladybrook Tor is a relatively short walk from the moorland village Belstone. We'd recommend visiting for the views of B...

Queenie Meads, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

Queenie Meads, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

Where possible, we use place names marked on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map or the Harvey British Mountain Map 'Dartmoor' map. These are widely used by visitors to the National Park and are perfect communal reference points. Sometimes, however, it's necessary to use local place nam...