Circular walk starting at Princetown

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At 5.4 miles this is a medium-length walk allowing you to take in much of Dartmoor’s beauty. Please note that this route will take you through a quarry with some steep cliffs, so it may not be appropriate for young children. Along the way you won’t find much shelter, so we’d advise making sure it’s not going to be a rainy day before you set off!

To start, head to the main car park in Princetown and take the service road towards the South West (this will take you in the direction of the fire station). As you head this way you’ll see a footpath to the left which you’ll need to take.

Not long after you start walking down this path it will bring you out onto a dismantled railway. Keep following this as heading in the direction of Yelverton to the South West. Eventually you will see a grassy track on your left – take this to head towards the quarry.

At the quarry keep heading up until you reach the top, turning left before carefully descending between the large stones until you reach some ruins (please take care when passing the steep cliffs). From these you should be able to see some railway sleepers – follow these back to the dismantled railway from earlier, and continue clockwise.

As you continue you will see an optional path taking you to King’s Tor. Whether you choose to use it or not, keep following the railway line to take you back to the car park.

Chris Green

About the Author: Chris Green works in the office at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs, using his technical expertise to assist wherever needed. In his spare time he likes playing guitar and bass, and hiking around Dartmoor.

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