Heltor Rock, Dunsford, Dartmoor National Park

Heltor Rock, Dunsford, Dartmoor National Park

To the best of our knowledge, this is the most north easterly tor in Dartmoor National Park.

About a mile south of Dunsford Local Nature Reserve at the eastern end of Fingle Woods, Heltor Rock provides terrific views of this section of the National Park and beyond.

To access Heltor Rock, you follow a short path that runs from a road across farmland and then curls up behind the rock. Take care as you have to clamber to its top.

We've positioned Heltor Rock on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location. When we first visited with very young kids, we parked along the road opposite the path that runs to Heltor Rock. There's not much space so we'd very much recommend walking in from the car parking area by Steps Bridge. You can walk to Heltor Rock and back on the same path that runs through Bridford Wood or take the slightly longer circular Steps Bridge to Heltor Rock Circular Walk. Paths are marked on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map.

The area is particularly beautiful in Autumn when the colours turn.

Note that nearby Blackingstone Rock is a local beauty spot known for its remarkable views. We'd also recommend the viewpoint on the south western edge of Mardon Down.