Cullever Steps, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

Cullever Steps, Belstone, Dartmoor National Park

The highest ground in southern England rises in Dartmoor National Park. It rains. As a consequence, many of South West England's most famous rivers have their headwaters on this high ground and then flow down to the coast. Clearly, these rivers need to be crossed.

Whilst Dartmoor's striking clapper bridges are a well-known method of crossing these rivers relatively high upstream, there are also numerous sets of stepping stones in the Park.

Some of these sets of stepping stones are long and impressive. Some have been washed away in time and only remain in name. Others, like Cullever Steps, are formed by a small collection of stones and can be surprisingly difficult to see.

Cullever Steps is a set of stepping stones in the northern section of the Park between, roughly speaking, Belstone and Okehampton Camp. The stones are on the East Okement River near to where that river is joined by Black-a-ven Brook.

Given that modern army bridges span the two stretches of water next to a couple of fords, it's not necessary to use the steps to cross the river and brook.

We include Cullever Steps on Holiday in Dartmoor as a reference point.

Zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting of the accompanying Google map to see its location. The army bridges and fords are clearly visible.

Cullever Steps Pool is just downstream. The natural pool is popular with wild swimmers.