GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Sticklepath Walks - Cosdon Hill

7 miles (11 km)

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 (1,800ft). 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 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.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Dartmoor Walks page.

Photos

River Taw, Sticklepath - geograph.org.uk - 1092476

River Taw, Sticklepath. The footbridge is part of a signposted circular walk from the village to Belstone.

Millennium memorial, Sticklepath - geograph.org.uk - 1092444

Millennium memorial, Sticklepath. The plaque on the right reads: "Sticklepath 2000 by the village for the village"

Two paths, Ramsley Hill - geograph.org.uk - 990161

Two paths, Ramsley Hill. These paths cross the southwestern area of a grassy area of the hill - most of the hill, especially the steeper edges, is dominated by bracken and bramble. The hill has no officially numbered rights of way across it, but is nonetheless crossed by the Dartmoor Way and the Taw-Teign Link, which appear to share the path I was following when I took this. Seen in late sunlight.

Towards South Tawton from Ramsley Hill - geograph.org.uk - 990197

Towards South Tawton from Ramsley Hill. A path descends from the top of Ramsley Hill between high bracken and bramble. The elements in the middle distance are in SX6594, including the tower of South Tawton church. In the distance isNorth Tawton, Taw Valley Creamery, about 8 km away.

Fields above Nine Stones - geograph.org.uk - 990063

Fields above Nine Stones. Just the first and second walls crossing the hillside below the camera are in square. The white house, Hedgeways, is in SX6592, and the woods and fields beyond extend across that square and into SX6692. The view is from South Tawton Bridleway 21 close to the moorland edge above the remaining field boundaries

Dartmoor ponies. (43613314294)

Dartmoor ponies just east of Cosdon Hill.

White Moor Stone - geograph.org.uk - 1495039

White Moor Stone. A boundary stone for Dartmoor Forest, South Tawton and Throwleigh parishes. 150 metres south-east of the Little Hound Tor stone circle.

Wall corner on Cosdon Hill - geograph.org.uk - 996872

Wall corner on Cosdon Hill. The corner of this wall represents the limit of improved land on the slopes of Cosdon Hill; beyond is unimproved moorland. South Tawton Bridleway 21 continues up to the right into the moor.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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

Memory Map Route

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