Valleys, Cleaves & Gorges in Dartmoor National Park

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Upper Plym Valley (English Heritage), Sheepstor, Dartmoor National Park

Upper Plym Valley (English Heritage), Sheepstor, Dartmoor National Park

The English Heritage Handbook states that the Upper Plym Valley has 'some 300 Bronze Age and medieval sites, covering 6 square miles of Dartmoor landscape'. Roughly speaking, these sites can be found on the moor between Plym Head and Cadover Bridge. Between these two points of interest, the...

Avon Dam Reservoir Valley, South Brent, Dartmoor National Park

Avon Dam Reservoir Valley, South Brent, Dartmoor National Park

The River Avon rises on remote moorland and flows into the Avon Dam Reservoir. From there, beyond the dam wall, it cuts a stunning valley as it meanders down to the car parking area at Shipley Bridge. The stretch of valley between the dam and Shipley Bridge is exceptionally popular with wa...

Moretonhampstead to Butterdon Valley, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park

Moretonhampstead to Butterdon Valley, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park

If you look at the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map, you'll see a path marked as a broken green line running north of Moretonhampstead to Butterdon Down. On older Ordnance Survey maps, this is marked as part of the Dartmoor Way Walking Route. In Spring, when the wild flowers are out, the...

Tavy Cleave, Mary Tavy, Dartmoor National Park

Tavy Cleave, Mary Tavy, Dartmoor National Park

Roughly speaking, Dartmoor National Park consists of two areas of high ground separated by a central bowl. Rain falls on these plateaus, collects in rivers and then flows fast to the Devon coast. Fringing the plateaus are numerous stunning valleys and cleaves. Some of the most beautiful are heavily...

Piles Valley, Harford, Dartmoor National Park

Piles Valley, Harford, Dartmoor National Park

Home to one of Dartmoor's rare high altitude oak woodlands, Piles Valley is cut by the River Erme as it flows from Dartmoor's south moor down to the South Devon coast. Marked on the Harvey British Mountain Map 'Dartmoor' map, Piles Valley is a stunning place. High above to the west is Stalldown Barr...

Hawns and Dendles Gorge, Cornwood, Dartmoor National Park

Hawns and Dendles Gorge, Cornwood, Dartmoor National Park

The River Yealm rises at Yealm Head on Dartmoor's south moor. It flows to Yealm Steps Waterfall where is cascades into Hawns and Dendles Gorge as marked on the Harvey British Mountain Map 'Dartmoor' map. Zoom in on the accompanying Google map to see its location.

Teign Valley, Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park

Teign Valley, Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park

The River Teign rises in two locations on Dartmoor National Park's north moor. It flows down to Chagford and then enters the Teign Gorge below the National Trust's Castle Drogo. It cuts through Fingle Woods to the village of Dunsford. From there, it arcs into the Teign Valley. 'Holiday in Dartmoo...

Taw Plain and Taw Marsh, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

Taw Plain and Taw Marsh, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

Walk south from Belstone village and you come to a vast natural ampitheatre of moorland, river and rock. This is Taw Plain. At the southern end of the plain rises the conical Steeperton Tor. Two arms of high ground embrace the flat river plain. The high ground to the west is formed by Belstone Tor a...

Dart Gorge, Holne, Dartmoor National Park

Dart Gorge, Holne, Dartmoor National Park

Walking/views The Dart Gorge is one of the most beautiful places in Dartmoor National Park. Like the Teign Gorge and Lustleigh Cleave, the Dart Gorge is a steep-sided wooded valley cut by a fast-flowing river that runs from the high moors down to the Devon coast. The Dart Gorge is located in t...

West Okement Valley, Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park

West Okement Valley, Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park

The West Okement River rises by the remote Cranmere Pool on Dartmoor's north moor. The river tumbles through the Upper West Okement Valley past Black-a-Tor Copse National Nature Reserve on its way to Meldon Reservoir. Beyond the reservoir dam is what we refer to as the West Okement Valley. It r...

Bovey Valley, Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor National Park

Bovey Valley, Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor National Park

The River Bovey flows, roughly speaking, from the high moor north east of The Warren House Inn down to the River Teign near Stover Country Park. On Dartmoor, the Bovey Valley is usually taken to mean the beautiful wooded valley between Foxworthy Bridge and Drakeford Bridge. You could spend a holiday...

Wray Valley, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park

Wray Valley, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park

In the north eastern section of Dartmoor National Park, between, roughly speaking, Moretonhampstead and Lustleigh is the Wray Valley. Cut by Wray Brook, today the A382 runs along the valley floor connecting the east of the National Park around Bovey Tracey to the north around Chagford and Whiddon Do...

Neadon Cleave, Horsham Cleave and Water Cleave, Manaton, Dartmoor National Park

Neadon Cleave, Horsham Cleave and Water Cleave, Manaton, Dartmoor National Park

Neadon, Horsham and Water are hamlets and part of a village in the eastern section of Dartmoor National Park. A cleave is generally accepted to mean a valley. Neadon Cleave, Horsham Cleave and Water Cleave are located next to one another in the upper section of the Bovey Valley. Collectively, they f...

Lustleigh Cleave, Lustleigh, Dartmoor National Park

Lustleigh Cleave, Lustleigh, Dartmoor National Park

Many of Devon's most famous rivers rise on the high moors and flow down to the coast. On their way, they cut numerous stunning wooded valley and cleaves* on the fringes of Dartmoor National Park. Lustleigh Cleave, in the east of the Park between the pretty village of Manaton and Lustleigh is a stunn...

West Cleave, Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park

West Cleave, Okehampton, Dartmoor National Park

Many Dartmoor valleys, gorges and cleaves are well known and much visited. The Teign Gorge by the National Trust's Castle Drogo and Lustleigh Cleave between the villages Lustleigh and Manaton can get very busy. Other valleys, gorges and cleaves are less well known and tend to be visited by Dartmoor...