Erme Head, Sheepstor, Dartmoor National Park

Erme Head, Sheepstor, Dartmoor National Park

Famous South Devon rivers such as the Plym, Avon, Yealm and Erme rise in the heart of Dartmoor's south plateau. The Erme takes the longest and most dramatic route across the moor to Ivybridge and then down to the South Devon coast at Erme Mouth between Wonwell Beach and Meadowsfoot Beach. It's also the easiest headwaters to get to.

Located just off the path marked Abbot's Way on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map, the Erme rises above the old mining works at Erme Pits and runs down to Erme Pound and cuts through the longest stone row in the world.

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

To visit, as mentioned, walk in on the Abbot's Way. Start from Nun's Cross Farm near the car parking areas on the Princetown to Whiteworks road. Alternatively, wander up to the Abbot's Way from the car parking area below Gutter Tor or at the eastern end of Burrator Reservoir.

From the east, you can walk from Cross Furzes or Shipley Bridge.

Whilst it's a long way, the old Red Lake Railway from Harford Moor Gate is easy walking.

There are other, more difficult, routes to the Erme Head area but the above are the most obvious.