Golden Dagger Tin Mine (Disused), Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

Golden Dagger Tin Mine (Disused), Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

The area south of the B3212 near The Warren House Inn was heavily mined in past centuries. The local landscape is shaped, in part, by the Birch Tor and Vitifer Mine, the Headland Tin Mine, Bushdown Mine and the Golden Dagger Tin Mine. The wonderfully named Golden Dagger Tin Mine is the furthest south of these mines on the edge of the Soussons Down plantation.

The mine's name sounds like something from an Agatha Christie novel. It refers to a bronze dagger found here. Note that replica daggers found elsewhere can be seen at the Postbridge National Park Visitor Centre.

The mines have left an extraordinary landscape with deep cuts, or gerts, scarring the moorland. You'll see the remains of workings and buildings.

Over on the other side of Challacombe Down, a local information board states that 'tin has been mined on Dartmoor since the 12th century. Mining continued in this area until ... Golden Dagger mine closed in 1930. It was the last working tin mine on Dartmoor'.

We've positioned Golden Dagger Tin Mine on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location.

To visit, we'd recommend walking down from one of the parking areas along the B3212 between Bennett's Cross and The Warren House Inn. Paths marked and unmarked on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map take you through the mining landscape to a valley floor that leads to Golden Dagger Tin Mine on the edge of the Soussons Down plantation.

If you have time, we'd suggest you follow a circular route from the B3212 around Challacombe Down. Start at either Bennett's Cross or The Warren House Inn. Wander up to Birch Tor and then Headland Warren where you'll pick up a path that takes you to Headland Warren Farm. Continue to Challacombe Medieval Hamlet. Follow the base of Challacombe Down as it sweeps around to Soussons Down plantation. Wander up the valley to Golden Dagger Tin Mine and then back through the mining landscape to where you started.