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Princetown to Bellever

A moderate walk (moorland) in national park Dartmoor starting and finishing in Devon, England, about 10.90km (6.77 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:30h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 196m (643ft)
Descent 283m (928ft)
Max. Elevation 480m (1574ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 479m (1571ft)
Distance 10.90km
Duration ~3:30h
Ordnance Survey Map
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 08 Oct 2010
A great hike in the heart of Dartmoor. Before starting the walk, visit the High Moorland Visitor Centre, which offers a unique insight into Dartmoor’s fascinating history, its landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage. The building was the former Duchy Hotel and later the prison officer’s mess. It was here that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stayed in 1901 when writing the Sherlock Holmes novel “The Hound of the Baskervilles”.

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From the High Moorland Centre walk down the road past the Railway Inn and the petrol station. Then, just after the entrance to Oakery Crescent, turn right through the gate onto the bridleway.
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Follow the track around and go through the two gates. At the point where the track bears right you will get fantastic panoramic views of the walk ahead with Bellever forest in the distance. On the other side of the second gate you will cross the Devonport Leat.
About 0.60 km (~0.37 miles) from
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Continue along the path to the building ahead of you. Bachelors Hall, as it is known, was once a row of miners’ cottages for workers of the tin mine, which was discovered in 1790 when digging the Devonport Leat. The building is now run as a bunkhouse owned by Plymouth YMCA.
About 0.41 km (~0.25 miles) from
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From here follow the path left past the cowshed to the footbridge and over the stream and then along the Blackbrook to the next wooden bridge. Whilst walking along the river keep an eye out for a small brown bird with a white breast, aptly named a Dipper.
About 0.51 km (~0.32 miles) from
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Cross over the bridge and follow the path through the fields to the road. Turn right and walk along the road and over the cattle grid at the junction. Bear right and follow the old road over the West Dart River to the Two Bridges Hotel, were you can get some light refreshments.
About 0.66 km (~0.41 miles) from
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The hotel was built in 1794 as a coaching inn at the opening of the trans-moor turnpike, the property was originally called 'The Saracen's Head'. It only gained its present name in the early 1900s with the modern road being completed in 1931.
About 0.54 km (~0.34 miles) from
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Cross over the B3212 to the car park and then through the gate; follow this track to Crockern Farm. Walk around the stone wall of the farm and then pick up the footpath again.
About 0.70 km (~0.43 miles) from
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The tor up on your right-hand side is Crockern Tor. It was here that the Stannary Court, the administrative body of the Dartmoor miners’ met between 1474 and 1703 .
About 0.57 km (~0.35 miles) from
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Follow the path up the West Dart Valley to Wistmans Wood. Please respect this precious wood and only view it from the edges! It is famous for its gnarled Pedunculate Oak Trees and luxuriant mosses and lichens. 47 species of mosses & liverworts and 119 species of lichens have been recorded here.
About 0.67 km (~0.42 miles) from
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Walk about 50m along the edge of the wood and then turn 90° & climb up the side of the valley to the rock formation (Littaford Tor). When half way up, you can see the outline of the Devonport Leat running along the other side of the valley. The leat starts just up around the corner.
About 0.95 km (~0.59 miles) from
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Walk down the other side of the tor to the crumbling stone wall and climb over it via one of the stiles, now pick up the track that crosses the plateau to the tall chimney ahead of you.
About 0.66 km (~0.41 miles) from
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The ruin buildings or Powder Mills were founded in 1844 by George Frean from Plymouth and supplied gun powder for (open cast) mines around Dartmoor. It closed down in 1897 when gun powder was substituted by dynamite and mining in the area went downhill.
About 0.62 km (~0.39 miles) from
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Follow the track over the river and when halfway up the other side take the track to the right. Follow the small blue arrowed marker posts to the B3212.
About 0.57 km (~0.35 miles) from
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The path is a medieval trans—moor footpath known as the Lych Way ( Way of the Dead). Those living in this area that wished to bury their dead in a churchyard had to carry the corpses (“Lyches”) across the moor to Lydford Church.
About 0.21 km (~0.13 miles) from
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Cross over the road and follow the path straight ahead of you through the forest. At the end of this path you will see a finger post. Turn left here and walk along the path to the strip of open moorland. Continue along the path for a further 100m.
About 0.98 km (~0.61 miles) from
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Lakehead Hill has many Bronze Age (2000BC)antiquities. The Cist would once have been under a mound of earth, which was kept in place by the Cairn Circle surrounding it. The monument is aligned roughly east /west, in orientation to a large Cairn on Hamel Down to the east.
About 0.48 km (~0.3 miles) from
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Climb over the other stile and walk down the rough path to the main gravel track. Turn right and then after 500m take the first left. Follow the path through the forest and down to the gate. Go through the gate and walk down the rough track through another gate and then along the road
About 0.81 km (~0.5 miles) from
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Finish at the Youth Hostel - £1 discount for those arriving by foot, bike or public transport!
About 0.20 km (~0.12 miles) from

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