Buckland Beacon, Buckland in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Buckland Beacon, Buckland in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park

Many Dartmoor locals think the views from Buckland Beacon are the best in the National Park. Most views this big and special take a lot of effort to get to. Buckland Beacon is very easily accessible and a simple stroll from car parking areas along the nearby road.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines a beacon as 'a fire or light set up in a high or prominent position as a warning, signal, or celebration’. There is a chain of beacons on Dartmoor running from the edge of the north moor down to the edge of the south moor. Buckland Beacon is, roughly speaking, in the centre of this chain. Running north to south, the beacons are:

Cosdon Beacon.

Hameldown Beacon.

Buckland Beacon.

Ugborough Beacon.

Western Beacon.

Penn Beacon.

We've positioned Buckland Beacon on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location. To visit for the first time, head for Cold East Cross between Rippon Tor and Buckland Beacon as marked on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map. Either park at Cold East Cross or a little further south west where open access moorland on Buckland Common meets private farmland. Walk south west on either side of the farm wall to Buckland Beacon.

The Ten Commandments Stones are located on the side of the main rocky outcrop at Buckland Beacon.