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WALKS IN DARTMOOR EXPLORING THE RUGGED, WILD, AND ENCHANTED MOORLAND

By July 29, 2020 September 9th, 2020 No Comments

Located in Devon, Dartmoor is one of fifteen National Parks in the UK. When asked to recommend walks in Dartmoor, this route is always one of my go-to answers, and it’s not hard to see why! It’s raw and striking landscape is both unique and full of character making the perfect escape for adventurers looking to enjoy the great outdoors. Once you are immersed in the countryside, Dartmoor totally transports you away from busy city life. There is something so peaceful about being surrounded by perfectly untouched surroundings. What a perfect location to explore walks in Dartmoor.

Walks in Dartmoor Devon
Brimming with mythical tales and legends Dartmoor attracts thousands of visitors seeking to explore the enchanted moorland all year round. Dartmoor is said to be haunted by Pixies, a headless horseman and home to several large black dogs, Erie huh? 
 
In the twentieth century, people said a pair of ghostly disembodied hands grabbed the steering-wheels of cars and forced vehicles off the road. One suspects a few of those accidents occurred at night, probably not long after the pubs had closed.
Tales of ghostly dogs aren’t unique to Dartmoor. Such stories exist across England. Yet in Dartmoor, there’s the ‘yeth’ or ‘yell hound’ – a spectral dog that’s the spirit of an unbaptised child. It roams the moor at night, making wailing noises. This is said to have been one of the inspirations for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles which is set mainly on Dartmoor.

THE WALK

The walk is situated just outside the town of Okehampton, making it incredibly easy to access. You will need to follow this postcode (EX20 4LU) for Meldon Reservoir car park which is the start and finish for the walk. As you can see from the map this is a circular 10k walk, which at points is pretty steep and requires some climbing across rocks… which all adds to the fun! The most elevated part of this walk is when you reach Yes Tor which is the second highest point on Dartmoor at 619 metres above sea level. 
Walks in Dartmoor Devon Map
Walks in Dartmoor Devon Map

THE WALK

This was a beautiful walk, however, as walks in Dartmoor go, it did get incredibly windy so I would suggest checking the weather before you go to ensure you dress right. I was convinced I didn’t need two coats but I most definitely did on the way back when the majority of the walk is downhill. Wellies/walking boots are ideal as areas are very boggy, my whole foot was submerged on multiple occasions so trainers would have been a nightmare! The walk took just over 3 hours 20 minutes which was a leisurely pace with plenty of photo stops, perfect for a day trip.

Walks in Dartmoor Devon
Walks in Dartmoor Devon
Walks in Dartmoor Devon
Walks in Dartmoor Devon
Walks in Dartmoor Devon
Walks in Dartmoor Devon
Walks in Dartmoor Devon
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