Sticklepath Walks - Cosdon Hill
The village of Sticklepath is located in a lovely spot on the River Taw in the north eastern section of Dartmoor National Park. There's fine riverside trails, woodland paths and a splendid climb to a prominent local hill.
This circular walk from the village visits two local viewpoints in the shape of Ramsley Hill and Cosdon Hill. You'll also visit the neighbouring village of South Zeal and the stone circle at Little Hound Tor. There's fantastic views and you should see some Dartmoor ponies on the way too.
The walk starts from the public car park in the village, next to the River Taw. From here you can pick up the Dartmoor Way and follow the waymarked trail south east through South Zeal. The route then turns south to climb up to the viewpoint at Ramsley Hill. You continue south to Cheriton Combe before climbing up to the stone circle at Little Hound Tor. Here you turn north to cross South Tawton Common before coming to the summit point at Cosdon Hill. The hill is also known as Cawsden Beacon and rises to a height of 550 metres (1,800 ft). As such it is one of the highest hills on Dartmoor. From this elevated spot there are excellent views over Dartmoor to the coast at Teignmouth and Start Point.
From the hill top you descend north to arrive back in Sticklepath.
Sticklepath Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Sticklepath Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Sticklepath OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Sticklepath Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
A few miles west of the hill you'll find another great climb to Yes Tor and High Willhays. The hill is the highest on Dartmoor at 621 metres (2,039 feet) above sea level.
Head west along the river and you will pass through the pretty Belstone Cleave to the neighbouring village of Belstone. Here you can pick up the Belstone Walk and enjoy a climb to Watchet Hill and Belstone Tor for more great views. The village is also very attractive with thatched cottages and a fine pub with a large outdoor area.
Just to the south you'll find the noteworthy href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/scorhill-stone-circle-walking-route'>Scorhill Stone Circle. The site is an English Heritage scheduled monument and has been described as Devon's finest, most intact stone circle. There's also the ancient Wallabrook Clapper Bridge to visit in this area.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Dartmoor Walks page.