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Best Circular Dartmoor Walks

with easy parking access
Okehampton - Belstone
1 hourish walks

The best Dartmoor walks with easy car access.
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Shortish pleasing circular walks & hikes with easy car access are few and far between.

 

All our walks are tried and tested & designed to keep the walker interested by

  • avoiding long stretches along the same lane!
  • avoiding lanes with heavy traffic!
  • offering a rich variety of landscapes!
  • selecting only public footpaths which are safe and clearly defined!
   
river walks We have included some walks which are suitable for children aged 10+

Princetown Postbridge Wistmans Wood Grimspound Meavy Merrivale Mary Tavy Elephants Nest Lydford Okehampton Widecombe Hembury Woods Buckfastleigh South Brent Ivybridge Ashburton New Bridge Haytor Lustleigh Chagford Moretonhampstead South Zeal Dunsford Christow North Bovey

Dartmoor offers the most unique bronze age landscape in Europe.
When hunters became settlers, they built houses from stone and marked out their land using stone boulders (reaves). Due to overgrazing they had to abandon their settlements.
These were never reoccupied.
 
   easy, mainly flat  moderate with climbs
   easy, some climbs  strenuous or over 3 hours
    Family Miles grade  
Ashburton 3.9 grade 3 One of our most popular walks following part of the Dartmoor Way along the river Ashburn.
           
Chagford   9.5 grade 3 Superb walks from this bustling Market town exploring the stunning beauty of this part of Dartmoor.
           
Christow   5.4 grade 3 A delightful walk from this picturesque village to Tottiford Reservoir.
           
Buckfastleigh   6.5 grade 3 Various popular and scenic walks to explore the beautiful area around Buckfast Abbey.
           
Castle Drogo 4.1 grade 3 Three delightful walks near Castle Drogo,Drewsteignton ,ideal any time of the year!
           
Dunsford 5.4 grade 3 Many delightful walks around Dunsford & Steps Bridge including the famous Daffodil Walk
           
Peter Tavy & Elephants Nest   5.2 grade 3 A most enjoyable pub walk from Mary Tavy to the famous Elephant's Nest pub
           
Fernworthy (NEW) 3.6+ grade 3 Enjoy a peaceful forest walk around a trout filled reservoir & explore a prehistoric landscape of mysterious stone circles and rows.
           
Grimspound   5.4 grade 3 During the bronze age Grimspound ,made of granite blocks ,enclosed 24 hut circles,suggesting a milder climate and an abundance of trees. Two popular walks.
           
Haytor 3.4 grade 3 There is much more to Haytor than a steep climb to the Tor and back again! Two very popular and fairly easy walks in search of a lost village.
           
Hembury Woods 2.9 grade 3 Two delightful walks through this ancient oak wood and along a most enchanting stretch of the river Dart - a key attraction in Victorian Times!
           
Ivybridge   7 grade 3 A walker's Gateway to Dartmoor.
Two delightful walks with dramatic scenery following part of the majestic River Ern
           
Lydford   6.8 grade 3 A delightful walk to Wheal Betsy ,an old copper mine,across stunning moorland using well maintained footpaths and green lanes.
           
Lustleigh   6.8 / 3.1 grade 3 Very popular walks from a very picturesque village into a most unspoilt and dramatic part of Devon 
           
Mary Tavy - Brent Tor Church   8.6 grade 4 A delightful walk to Brent Tor,with its church on top of a hill
           
Manaton   7 grade 4 An invigorating but most enjoyable walk from Lustleigh to Manaton & Hunter's Tor
           
Meavy (War Horse Country)   4.2 grade 3 A great pub walk to Meavy and Burrator Reservoir with spectacular views of a dramatic landscape featured in the film 'War Horse' 
           
Moretonhampstead   4.7 grade 3 Moretonhamstead ,gateway to Dartmoor,is an ideal town for walkers to explore the lush edge of the moor.
           
New Bridge (NEW!) 2.9 grade 3 Near Ashburton, a most picturesque place for a paddle in the Dart or a picnic along a tranquil river or a long hike through a romantic & scenic landscape.
           
North Bovey   5 grade 3 North Bovey is one of the most idyllic villages in Devon. It is quite isolated and ,perhaps because of this,the village has retained its original charm. An excellent pub walk!
           
Okehampton   6.7 grade 3 Popular pub walks to Okehampton Castle Belstone.
           
Postbridge 4.3 grade 2 A popular and varied forest & family walk with lots to see:bronze age stone & hut circles,a clapper bridge & Bellever Tor
           
Princetown   5.4 grade 2 Princetown offers the walker spectacular views of Dartmoor's almost volcanic landscapes.
Relive a railway journey through quarries
           
           
South Brent   4.8 grade 4 A great walk to explore Bent Moor & the river Avon following public footpaths and green lanes.- stunning views at the top
           
South Zeal   6.8 grade 4 Two popular pub walks exploring North Dartmoor
           
           
Sticklepath to Belstone   4.5 grade 4 A most scenic pub walk along the river Taw to Belstone following part of the Tarka Trail.
           
Widecombe in the Moor   3.6 grade 3 Two walks from Uncle Tom Cobley's village with extensive views exploring Tors ,gift and tea shops and perhaps a pub!
           
Wistman's Wood (Two Bridges) 3.9 grade 3 A unique walk, with extensive views, to a prehistoric oak wood.