Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

The heart of Dartmoor National Park.

Postbridge's famous clapper bridge attracts huge numbers of international visitors each year. Situated in the heart of Dartmoor, strung out along the B3212, the hamlet is in a perfect location from which to discover the National Park's prehistory and to enjoy some of its best walks.

 

Why holiday or weekend break around Postbridge?

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

 

Postbridge National Park Visitor Centre

Visit Postbridge National Park Visitor Centre. Located by Postbridge car park, there's a superb exhibition upstairs that covers Dartmoor's prehistory.

 

Dartmoor's prehistory

Experience Dartmoor National Park's remarkable and varied prehistoric sites. There are stone rows, cists and cairn circles at Bellever/Lakehead Hill. Whilst it's a long way, it's great fun to yomp up to see the recently excavated cist at Whitehorse Hill.

 

Postbridge Clapper Bridge

Walk across the famous Postbridge Clapper Bridge. Most people stop at Postbridge to see the clapper bridge that spans the East Dart River. If this is of interest, there are other clapper bridges downstream at Bellever and Dartmeet.

 

Local food and drink

Grab a meal and drink in The East Dart Bar & Restaurant or buy an ice cream or takeaway cream tea from Postbridge Stores.

 

Bellever Forest

Picnic in Bellever Forest. As you leave Postbridge heading west, to your left, is a turning to Bellever and Bellever Forest. Picnic on a bank of the East Dart River. Kids love to paddle in the water. There's plenty of parking and toilets although a parking charge applies. You can also walk to Bellever from Postbridge via the Postbridge Clapper Bridge. Stand on top of Bellever Tor.

 

Walk the moors and tors

Postbridge is popular with walkers heading out onto Dartmoor's north moor. You can yomp to The Grey Wethers Stone Circles and Sittaford Tor or follow the East Dart River to its waterfall.

For experienced walkers, we'd really recommend the hike to Cut Hill and Fur Tor. This is the most remote place in southern England.

 

Outdoor activities

Try some of Dartmoor's outdoor activities.

Go horse riding at Babeny Farm Riding Stables.

If you don't mind the slog, people swim below the East Dart River Waterfall.

Mountain bike the Granite and Gears Princetown Railway Cycling Routes at Princetown.

 

The Warren House Inn

Follow the B3212 east to Warren House Inn area. The views to Birch Tor and Hamel Down are amazing.

Continue to The Miniature Pony Centre and then Moretonhampstead.

 

Princetown

Follow the B3212 to Two Bridges and then Princetown.

At Two Bridges, wander up the West Dart River valley to Wistman's Wood National Nature Reserve.

At Princetown, explore the Princetown National Park Visitor Centre and Dartmoor Prison Museum.

 

Dartmeet and the Dart Gorge

Follow the B3357 past Prince Hall Hotel to Dartmeet and the Dart Gorge. The Dart Gorge is one of the most beautiful places in Dartmoor National Park.

 

Local towns and villages

To the south west try Two Bridges and Princetown.

To the south visit Dartmeet.

To the south east we'd recommend the moorland villages of Buckland in the Moor and Widecombe-in-the-Moor.