GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Belstone Walks

9 miles (14 km)

This pretty Devon village is located in a lovely spot on Dartmoor. There's nice walks along the River Taw and some fine hill climbs to the surrounding tors. The village itself is also very pretty with a village green, thatched cottages, the old stocks, a holy well and a splendid pub.
This circular walk from Belstone visits the neighbouring village of Sticklepath before climbing to the viewpoints at Ramsley Hill, Higher Tor and Belstone Tor.
The walk starts in the village where you can pick up the Dartmoor Way and follow it east through Belstone Cleave to Sticklepath. This section takes you through a wooded gorge along the River Taw, passing Ivy Tor on the way.
From Sticklepath you follow the trail to South Zeal and Ramsley Hill where there is a nice viewpoint. Here the route turns west, passing below Cosdon Hill before climbing to Higher Tor and Belstone Tor where there are some interesting rock formations.
The route then descends north across Belstone Common, passing the Nine Stones Circle and Watchet Hill before returning to the village.

Postcode

EX20 1QZ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Belstone OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Belstone Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Head to the Tors Inn for some well earned post walk refreshment. The large pub is situated 1000ft above sea level in the village centre. They have a lovely garden area with anoutside kitchen/BBQ that operates from Easter to the end of September. It's a lovely spot with great views over the surrounding countryside. Inside there's a cosy interior with a blazing fire for the winter months. You can find them at postcode EX20 1QZ for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The woodland, countryside and hill climbs are ideal for fit dogs. The Tors mentioned above is also very dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To continue your walking in the area you could pick up the Sticklepath Walk and enjoy a climb to Cosdon Hill and Little Hound Tor.
A few miles south west of the village you'll find another great climb to Yes Tor and High Willhays. The hill is notable as the highest on Dartmoor at 621 metres (2,039 feet) above sea level.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Dartmoor Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Belstone Village Green - geograph.org.uk - 1273541

Belstone Village Green. The village stocks, stay animal pound, and Methodist chapel (see other photos for this grid square) are all beside the lane on the left.

Footbridge at Belstone - geograph.org.uk - 933917

Footbridge at the village. After heavy rain, the Belstone Brook rushes past the pier supporting the footbridge into the village.

The Tors Inn, Belstone - geograph.org.uk - 933903

The Tors Inn, Belstone. This enormous inn extends a welcome to locals and walkers--provided the latter remove their muddy boots.

Belstone Higher Tor - geograph.org.uk - 1555465

Belstone Higher Tor

Higher Tor - geograph.org.uk - 1517144

Three boundary stones standing to the south of Higher Tor.

Thatched Cottage in Belstone - geograph.org.uk - 1273582

Thatched Cottage in Belstone

Watchet Hill tumulus, with Belstone Tor in background

Watchet Hill tumulus, with Belstone Tor in background. The Bronze Age round barrow atop Watchet Hill is located a short distance south west of the village.

Belstone Holy Well

Holy Well

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Belstone.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)