Great short walks in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall

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Walking on Dartmoor is a great pastime and Dartmoor is ideal for walking with spectacular views and lots of history. I will give details of short walks on Dartmoor, the locations on Google maps of the start of the walk, with a map of the walk, directions to Dartmoor and places to park on Dartmoor. If public transport is available, details will be given and links to useful information and times provided.

Dartmoor National Park is located in Devon covering an area from Okehampton in the north to Ivybridge in the south, Tavistock in the west to Bovey Tracey in the east.  The A38 runs along its south east side and the A30 runs along its north side with the A386 running through the centre of Dartmoor from Moretonhampstead to Yelverton in the south west.

Steven Spielberg used Dartmoor as a backdrop for his film War Horse, that was released in January 2012. A map of the locations filmed can be found here.

Dartmoor National Park has several visitor centres on the moor that offer useful information for visitors. The most popular centres are the High Moorland Visitor Centre at Princetown, Postbridge Information Centre and Haytor Information Centre. Car is by far the easiest way to get to most locations on Dartmoor but public transport can be used, with South West Traveline giving a useful lookup timetable on its website.

Postbridge East Dart Dartmoor walk 4.5 miles

Directions to the car park with a Google map of the walk.

In the car park look towards the Postbridge Information Centre and the bank just behind.  Take the path between the bank and turn immediately right and follow the path through the marsh for about 1/2 mile onto the open moor to a wooden gate.  On your left are a line of beech trees and to your left a granite wall. After the gate follow the path going uphill alongside a wire/wall fence.  

Look left along the path for views of Hartland Tor. The path crosses two brooks with stepping stones to get across and then continues uphill to a stile in the wall ahead.

Cross the stile and follow the path keeping the overgrown leat to your left and the East River Dart to your right. The path continues North for about 1 mile along the valley wall with picturesque views downriver towards Bellever Forest  and upriver of the valley.

The path gets ever closer to the river Dart and brings you to a stile. Cross the stile and follow the path across the level marshy area keeping the river on your right. You will soon find the leat again. Follow the river around left until you meet a stile. This area is perfect for a picnic and at this point turnaround and retrace your foot steps back home to Postbridge. 

Cadover Bridge walk  

Cadover bridge part of Dartmoor National Park is located on Wigford Down and marked with a Cross that dates back to the 12th century and is a crossing for two routes, one from Tavistock to Plympton Priory and the other to Ivybridge. The Plym River runs down via Shaugh Prior from its source at Plym Head. A free car park is located by Cadover Bridge and can be found by following directions on this google map after inputting your start location.

This is an easy four mile walk by the river Plym, through woodland and rough moorland. 

Start from Cadover Bridge where you’ll find a free car park.  From the bridge follow the river downstream with the river on the right.  Follow the river path all the way down to Shaugh Prior Bridge.  After crossing the bridge follow the path up-river past the Dewerstone Rock back to the car park.

The "Devon (AA 50 Walks Series) " book, provides an excellent description of this walk together with interesting historical tales and facts. 




Postbridge information Centre to Waterfall.

The walk starts at Postbridge information centre and is a 6 mile circular walk along the East Dart River. A map of the walk is here and has been planned out as an audio walk with far-reaching views from Hartland Tor, a waterfall and Dartmoor's industrial history to see. 

Princetown Visitor Centre to Nun's Cross walk

The car park is highlighted on the following map and is behind the High Moorland Visitor Centre of Station Road.

Map for the walk is here. From the car park turn right and follow road to High Moorland Visitor Centre. Cross the road and take the lane between the two pubs and their car parks behind. 

Carry on walking towards a small gate that leads to the main track which ascends to South Hessary Tor. On a sunny day you get great views of Plymouth Sound in front of you and Dartmoor Prison behind you. 

The track gently descends down to Nun's Cross with Nun's Cross Farm on the left. Look right along path for fantastic view of Burrator reservoir. 

Turn around and take same path back to Princetown car park. 

For a longer 7 mile walk see the "Devon (AA 50 Walks Series) " book.

Plymouth visitors walk taking in the Hoe, Barbican and City Centre is here.

Plymouth Walks index page gives details of other walks around the Plymouth area with details of walking groups.

The Countryside Code

Please follow the Countryside Code.

Be safe, plan ahead and follow any signs.

Leave gates and property as you find it.

Protect plants and animals and take your litter home.

Keep dogs under close control.

Consider other people.



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