GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Mardon Down

5 miles (8 km)

Climb to Mardon Down on Dartmoor and enjoy wonderful far reaching views over the surrounding area. The hill is also home to a fascinating set of ancient stone circles and covered with lots of interesting plants and flowers. It's a really pretty spot and well worth the challenging climb.
The walk starts in the village of Moretonhmapstead about 1.5 miles south west of the hill. You then follow footpaths towards Yarningdale before crossing the down. You'll pass a cairn circle before coming to Mardon Down stone circle which is the biggest on Dartmoor. The walk climbs to well over 1000 ft so it is a fairly challenging ascent. You are rewarded with wonderful views towards the Devon coast, Hay Tor, Hound Tor and Exmoor. It's great for wildlife too with birds such as stonechats, skylarks and cuckoos to look out for. You might also see Dartmoor ponies and rabbits as you make your way across the hill.
You can continue across the down towards Cod Wood, Dunsford Wood Nature Reserve and Meadhaydown Nature Reserve. These are all just a mile or so north east of Mardon Down.
Both the Dartmoor Way and the Dartmoor Ramble pass Moretonhmapstead so it is easy to extend your walking in the area.

Mardon Down OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Mardon Down Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


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The southern slopes of Mardon Down, with bracken, gorse and scattered trees, give a good view over Doccombe (inSX7786) in the valley below, with the B3212 climbing towards Cossick Cross.

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Wall on Mardon Down


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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