Favourite Devon Walks
  Popular Postbridge Walks
3 Popular Walks
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Walk 1 Postbridge to Bellever Tor & Clapper Bridge
 4.1 miles (1h 40)
 difficulty 2/4 (easy)
Walk 2 Postbridge & Cator Common
 8.5 miles (3h 30)
 difficulty 2/4 (easy)
Walk 3 Postbridge & East Dart River
 4.9 miles (2 hours)
 difficulty 2/4 (easy)
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Throughout the ages a narrow bridge made of granite slabs across the East Dart caused many a bottleneck!

It was on the main road almost half way between Tavistock and Moretonhampstead and lead to the emergence of a hamlet named after the bridge - no , not Slabbridge (locals referred to slabs as posts).

The earliest Victorian maps show a 'temperance' hotel for teetotalers, various bronze age stone & hut circles and several footpaths .
Today's forest seems to have been planted much later

 

Point of Interest What to explore

Clapper Bridges

Stone and Cairn circles

Bellever Tor

   
East Dart Hotel
   
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Walk 1
Postbridge to Bellever Tor & Clapper Bridge (4.1 miles)
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Difficulty

An easy and popular walk to Bellever Clapper Bridge.

A From the Car Park enter Bellever forest.
It is difficult to imagine that , a century ago , this forest did not exist.

B Continue along the path to Bellever Tor, an area full of prehistoric interest. Unfortunately, during the Victorian times, it became a haven for 'souvenir hunters'.
You can skip the climb and follow a path to the left of the Tor.
There are several opportunities to explore prehistoric cairn and stone circles.

CAfter re-entering the forest you reach the hamlet of Bellever , beyond which is another clapper bridge well worth seeing.

D The walk joins part of the long distance Lych Way, an old route used for religious purposes linking Bellever to Lydford - click here to download Lych Way.

time:
1 hr 50 mins
   
   
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Walk 2
Postbridge & Cator Common (8.5 miles)
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Difficulty

A delightful walk past Postbridge's clapper bridge following mainly public foot/bridle paths to Cator Common and returning via Sherwell and Laugher Hold house.

From the car park walk along the main road & across the bridge to a foot path on your right.

Caution: this walk crosses a river using stepping stones

Alternative Walk (5.1 miles)

Difficulty

To avoid the stepping stones you could follow the blue route along a country lane - see map.

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Walk 3
Postbridge & East Dart River (4.9 miles)
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An ideal moorland walk for a sunny day through the East Dart River Valley - there is no cover against rain.

Firm footwear is essential.

The following directions are minimal - we advise you download the route below.

A With back to Car Park turn left and walk towards the famous Clapper Bridge. Once over the bridge turn left through a small gate onto a Public Bridleway.

B At the T junction with another Bridleway turn left and continue with the river on your left.

C Where the river bends to to left leave bridle path and take path following river on your left.

Continue uphill then descend towards the river where you will join another path.

D Cross river - some nice views in this spot - and turn left with river on your right. The path now leaves the river and after a while descends to a gate.

E At Gate continue and head in a south westerly direction

F After 0.7 of a mile rejoin the river and continue back to the Car Park.

 

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  Fernworthy
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