Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

Beautiful moorland village located on the edge of Dartmoor National Park's north moor

Travel along the A30 from Devon to Cornwall and you'll skirt the huge, domed Cosdon Hill (Cawsand Hill) that pushes out towards the northern boundary of the National Park. Below the north west fringe of this hill is the beautiful moorland village Belstone.

It's exceptionally popular with walkers looking to explore Dartmoor's north moor and many of its most stunning tors.

 

Best things to do in Belstone

To help you choose Belstone, we've listed some of the local attractions below.

 

Walking the high moor

Belstone is one of the best places from which to walk in Dartmoor National Park. Wander up into Taw Plain and Taw Marsh for spectacular views of the conical Steeperton Tor.

For the more energetic, head for Belstone Tor (Belstone Tors and Tors End) and then Oke Tor. Try the Belstone and Oke Tors Circular Walk. The walk is superb, takes in many impressive tors and provides fine views of the only two mountains in southern England at Yes Tor and High Willhays.

Extend that walk from Oke Tor to Steeperton Tor for remarkable views of Dartmoor's north moor, Taw Marsh and Mid Devon to Exmoor National Park on the horizon.

For a more difficult walk, slog up the side of Cosdon Hill (Cawsand Hill) to Cosdon Beacon.

If you fancy a challenge, head for Hangingstone Hill and Cranmere Pool on the north plateau. Cranmere Pool is the site of Dartmoor's first letterbox and is a must for any Dartmoor enthusiast.

Last, Belstone is the start, or end, of the tough Dartmoor North To South Route In A Day.

 

The Tors Inn

Enjoy a long lunch in The Tors Inn. The pub's located in the heart of the village with a garden on the edge of Belstone Great Green. Stunning views up to Cosdon Hill and across Belstone Cleave.

 

Belstone Cleave

Stroll down to Belstone Cleave after that long pub lunch. Dartmoor's high moors are fringed by wooded valleys or cleaves. The River Taw tumbles through Belstone Cleave on its way to Sticklepath. It's a beautiful place.

You can walk the cleave between Belstone and Sticklepath and visit Finch Foundry (National Trust). Note that this walk through Belstone Cleave is part of the Tarka Trail and Two Museums Walk. Try the Belstone Cleave and Skaigh Woods Circular Walk.

You can also head west of Belstone to West Cleave. Try the Belstone and West Cleave Circular Walk.

 

Other National Trust properties

In addition to the National Trust's Finch Foundry, we'd suggest you visit Lydford Gorge (National Trust) and Castle Drogo (National Trust). Other National Trust properties include Buckland Abbey (National Trust), Cotehele House and Saltram House.

 

Dartmoor's prehistory

Discover Dartmoor's prehistory in the local area. Experience the Nine Maidens Stone Circle, Cosdon (The Cemetery) Stone Row, Scorhill Stone Circle and Spinster's Rock.

To learn more about Dartmoor's prehistory, head for Postbridge National Park Visitor Centre and Princetown National Park Visitor Centre.

 

Outdoor activities

Enjoy Dartmoor's outdoor activities. Try Dartmoor Horse Riding.

Mountain bike the army roads that climb from Okehampton Camp to the north moor. For family bike rides, try the Granite Way between Okehampton and Lydford. Further south, ride Drake's Trail. There are superb family mountain bike rides on the Granite and Gears routes from Princetown. Try Granite and Gears Princetown Railway Cycling Routes.

 

Explore Okehampton

Learn about the National Park in the Museum of Dartmoor Life and then head to English Heritage's Okehampton Castle (English Heritage).

 

Visit Chagford

The National Trust's Castle Drogo (National Trust) is just outside Chagford and sits above the mouth of the extraordinary Teign Gorge (National Trust). Spend an afternoon at Stone Lane Gardens and Sculpture Exhibition. Having explored the Chagford area, head down to Moretonhampstead and then follow the B3212 as it rises to Postbridge and Princetown in the heart of Dartmoor.

 

Day trip to Exeter

Exeter Cathedral is a must. Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) is arguably the best museum in the Westcountry.

 

North Cornwall

The huge low tide sand beach at Bude is less than an hour away from Belstone.

 

Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

We'd also recommend discovering the remarkable Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Devon/Cornwall border. Highlights include Morwellham Quay, Calstock and the National Trust's Cotehele House.

 

Local towns and villages

If you're keen to visit the north of the Park try also the 'gateway towns' of Okehampton and Chagford.

For other villages try Lydford and South Zeal.