Valleys, Cleaves & Gorges in Dartmoor National Park

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Best Dartmoor Gorges and Valleys, Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park

Best Dartmoor Gorges and Valleys, Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park

Gorges and valleys in the northern section of Dartmoor Teign Gorge (National Trust). Belstone Cleave. West Cleave. West Okement Valley.   Gorges and valleys in the eastern section of Dartmoor Lustleigh Cleave. Dart Gorge.   Gorges and valleys in...

Teign Gorge (National Trust), Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Teign Gorge (National Trust), Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Walking/views The Teign Gorge is located in the north eastern section of Dartmoor National Park close to the ancient stannary town Chagford and the pretty villages Drewsteignton and Dunsford. The National Trust's Castle Drogo is at the mouth of the gorge. The National Trust's Dunsford Wood and St...

Lydford Gorge (National Trust), Lydford, Dartmoor National Park

Lydford Gorge (National Trust), Lydford, Dartmoor National Park

Family attraction/walking Lydford Gorge is a major visitor attraction in Dartmoor National Park. On the outskirts of Lydford, running down the western border of the Park, the gorge is managed by the National Trust. The gorge is home to the thunderous Devil's Cauldron and what is said to be the hi...

Heathercombe, Manaton, Dartmoor National Park

Heathercombe, Manaton, Dartmoor National Park

Heathercombe is known for its gardens which are open to the general public on select days through the year. See Heathercombe's website for further information. We provide an external link. A section of the Two Moors Way and the Mariners' Way pass through Heathercombe. Another path climbs through...

Plym Valley (National Trust), Shaugh Prior, Dartmoor National Park

Plym Valley (National Trust), Shaugh Prior, Dartmoor National Park

If you look at the Ordnance Survey Landranger 191 'Okehampton and North Dartmoor' map, you'll see three blocks of moorland and wooded valley demarcated as National Trust land. This is what we refer to as Plym Valley (National Trust). Roughly speaking, and following the OS map, ...

Upper West Okement Valley, Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park

Upper West Okement Valley, Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park

The West Okement is a river that rises on Dartmoor's north plateau by the National Park's famous Cranmere Pool. From this river head, the water flows swift and clear around the north slope of Great Kneeset to Kneeset Foot. This remote and boggy area is at the top of a stunning, steep-sided valley to...

Belstone Cleave, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

Belstone Cleave, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

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...

Yarner Valley, Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor National Park

Yarner Valley, Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor National Park

Two streams arc through Yarner Wood and meet near Yarner Wood Base Reserve. To the north is Woodcock Stream. To the south is Yarner Stream. The valley cut by the latter is particularly impressive and we'd recommend visiting for its natural beauty, birdlife and historical features. We've positione...

Steeperton Gorge, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

Steeperton Gorge, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

By Dartmoor standards, this is a small gorge. Unlike the Dart Gorge, Teign Gorge or Lydford Gorge which have been cut by wide, powerful waterways, Steeperton Gorge is situated pretty far upstream on Dartmoor's north plateau. The River Taw rises on the high, boggy ground around Hangingstone Hill and...

Dewerstone Valley, Shaugh Prior, Dartmoor National Park

Dewerstone Valley, Shaugh Prior, Dartmoor National Park

The Dewerstone is a Dartmoor beauty spot located on the south western border of Dartmoor National Park. It overlooks the tail of a stunning, steep-sided valley cut by the River Plym as it flows down from high moorland to Plymouth and the South Devon coast. For convenience, we refer to this valley as...

Wray Cleave, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park

Wray Cleave, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park

On Dartmoor, a cleave is usually taken to mean a wooded valley. Wray Cleave is a section of the Wray Valley between Moretonhampstead and Lustleigh in the north eastern section of the National Park. We include it on Holiday in Dartmoor because there's usually a good bluebell showing in Spring....

Holwell/Becka Brook Valley, Haytor Vale, Dartmoor National Park

Holwell/Becka Brook Valley, Haytor Vale, Dartmoor National Park

Becka Brook runs from the moor between Haytor Rocks and Widecombe-in-the-Moor down to the River Bovey by Hisley Bridge in the lower part of the Bovey Valley. The brook can be split into three sections. The upper section flows through open moorland. The middle section is at Bovey Falls Woodland Pa...

East Okement Valley, Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park

East Okement Valley, Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park

The East Okement River rises by the army ring road on Okement Hill high on Dartmoor's north plateau. It flows north over Deep Ford and Henry's Ford to the popular crossing point Cullever Steps. Beyond a wild swimming pool, below Scarey Tor, the river cuts the beautiful East Okement Valley that runs...

East Okement River, Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park

East Okement River, Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park

Okehampton is one of Dartmoor's gateway towns. It sits beneath the highest ground in the National Park. As clouds are blown across Cornwall, they hit this high ground and dump rain on the moors. The rain collects in rivers and flows downhill back towards the coast. The River Okement is one such wate...

Scorhill Gorge, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Scorhill Gorge, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor National Park is fringed by some of the UK's best wooded valleys (often referred to as cleaves) and gorges cut by rivers that flow down from the high moors to the coast. Many of these valleys and gorges are classed as access land which means you can follow many paths within them. Others, li...