Holwell Lawn Bluebell Circular Walk, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Holwell Lawn Bluebell Circular Walk, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Holwell Lawn is the most popular place to experience bluebells in Dartmoor National Park. On a sunny day, when the flowers are at their most vibrant and their intoxicatng smell pervades the moor, Holwell Lawn can get crowded. This circular walk takes you through the most popular area in addition to large patches of bluebells away from the crowds. The flowers usually appear in May. In 2014, for example, they were at their height in the middle of that month.

We've positioned Holwell Lawn on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location. Also scroll through the picture gallery to see the bluebells and local landscape. As ever, we'd recommend consulting the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map for detail.

Start at the spacious car parking area by Hound Tor. You'll see the massive jumble of granite ahead of you. Wander up to the tor. From there, look down west and south west and you'll see bluebells by Hound Tor Abandoned Medieval Settlement and Greator Rocks. Drop down to Greator Rocks and follow the wide grass track towards the stile in the farm wall. At this point, the views across to Holwell Tor and Haytor Rocks are superb.

Climb over the farm wall and you're on Holwell Lawn. You'll see lots of horse and pony jumps as the area is used by a local pony club. Continue south of the wide grass track and you'll come to the bottom of Holwell Lawn. Look north west up the hill and you'll see bluebells carpeting the moorland. Follow one of the grass paths up to the north west corner of Holwell Lawn by the road and metal entrance gate. From there, head north across Houndtor Down back to your starting point. There's an impressive cairn circle and cist to explore on your way.

Note that there's limited parking along the road by the western boundary of Holwell Lawn. This provides direct access to the area of Holwell Lawn where the bluebells are at their most dense and impressive.