Blackadon Local Nature Reserve, Poundsgate, Dartmoor National Park

Blackadon Local Nature Reserve, Poundsgate, Dartmoor National Park

Blackadon is a wonderful but relatively undervisited local nature reserve on Dartmoor

If you look at Ordnance Survey Explorer mapping, you’ll see a strip of open access moor and heavily wooded valley to the west of the River Webburn. This is Blackadon Local Nature Reserve. Topped by a tor, it’s a superb place, especially in autumn (late October and November) when the colours turn.

 

Location of Blackadon Local Nature Reserve

Ashburton sits on the eastern border of Dartmoor National Park by the A38 Exeter/Plymouth Expressway. The land west of Ashburton is heavily wooded and shaped by the River Dart. Where the River Dart loops around Chase Wood, it’s joined by the River Webburn. The River Webburn, in turn, is formed where the East Webburn River and West Webburn River meet at Lizwell Meet. The moorland and heavily wooded valley to the west of the River Webburn is Blackadon Local Nature Reserve.

The famous Dartmoor village Buckland-in-the-Moor and the viewpoint Buckland Beacon are to the east. The super popular Deeper Marsh/Spitchwick is to the south. The Dart Gorge is to the south west.

We’ve positioned Blackadon Local Nature Reserve on Google maps. Zoom in on the ‘Satellite’ setting to see it location.

 

Directions and parking for Blackadon Local Nature Reserve

The Deeper Marsh/Spitchwick area of Dartmoor is super popular. It gets rammed with visitors in the holiday season. To control the number of visitors, many small car parks and places where you could squeeze in a few cars have been blocked off. With this in mind, we’d recommend using one of the main car parks in the area and walking to Blackadon Local Nature Reserve.

 

Walking to the Blackadon Local Nature Reserve for the first time

For your first trip, we’d suggest you use the car park at New Bridge. Follow the path that runs under New Bridge and along the north bank of the River Dart to Deeper Marsh/Spitchwick. Continue to the north end of Deeper Marsh/Spitchwick and then walk the moorland lane to Buckland Bridge at the south end of Blackadon Local Nature Reserve.

Better still, before you get to Buckland Bridge, follow the moorland lane up to The Glen as marked on the Ordnance Survey mapping. A path runs north to Blackadon  Down and Blackadon Tor at the top of the nature reserve.

 

Walking to Blackadon Local Nature Reserve from other directions

These are longer walks to Blackadon Local Nature Reserve. They pass through other beautiful places on Dartmoor.

Routes from the north east. Walk in from the car parks at Cold East Cross by Buckland Common and Rippon Tor. Head across Buckland Common to the moorland lane that drops down to Buckland-in-the-Moor and then Buckland Bridge.

Routes from the south east. Walk from the small car park at Ausewell Cross. Ausewell Wood is now open to the public. Start from Ausewell Cross below Buckland Beacon/The Ten Commandments Stones and follow forestry tracks to Buckland Bridge.

Routes from the west. Walk from Bel Tor Corner by the stunning Dart Gorge. Follow the Two Moors Way to Ponsworthy and then head across to Leusdon and then the upper section of Blackadon Local Nature Reserve at Blackadon Down and Blackadon Tor. We wouldn’t recommend walking the main Poundsgate road in that area as there can be a lot of traffic.

Routes from the north. Walk from Widecombe-in-the-Moor. This is a nice, long loop that takes in Blackadon Local Nature Reserve. Follow the Two Moors Way from Widecombe-in-the-Moor to Ponsworthy. Head across to Leusdon and then the upper section of Blackadon Local Nature Reserve at Blackadon Down and Blackadon Tor. Walk down to Buckland Bridge and then up to Buckland Beacon before crossing the moor to Widecombe-in-the-Moor.

 

Blackadon Local Nature Reserve

Given its location, Blackadon Local Nature Reserve is undervisited. It consists of an area of open moorland called Blackadon Down topped by a tor. The views from the tor are magnificent.

The land drops steeply from the tor to a section of the West Webburn River, Lizwell Meet and the River Webburn. The heavily wooded area by Blackadon Down is called Town Wood.

You can pick your way through the wood but it can be hard work. It’s not like the much visited areas of the Dart Gorge, Lustleigh Cleave or the Teign Gorge.

 

Blackadon Local Nature Reserve and the River Webburn

The River Webburn is formed where the East Webburn River and West Webburn River meet at Lizwell Meet.

The River Webburn flows into the River Dart at Buckland Bridge.

 

Views from Blackadon Local Nature Reserve

The views from the top of Blackadon Tor are magnificent. You’ll see Widecombe-in-the-Moor to the north, Buckland Beacon to the east and the heavily wooded area around the River Dart to the south east and south.

We’d recommend visiting in autumn (late October and November) as the colours are extraordinary.

 

Other nature reserves in the local area

The Dart Valley Nature Reserve is located in the Dart Gorge.

The East Dartmoor National Reserve is to the north east by Bovey Tracey, Lustleigh and the pretty village Manaton.

 

Other things to do near Blackadon Local Nature Reserve

Swim and picnic at Deeper Marsh/Spitchwick.

Walk the Dart Gorge.

 

Places to eat and drink near Blackadon Local Nature Reserve

The Tavistock Inn is located at Poundsgate near Blackadon Local Nature Reserve.