Wednesday Walks – Tavy Cleave & Hare Tor

Tavy Cleave

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Having had a couple of weeks of Wednesday Walks away from Dartmoor, this week we’ve returned to the moors to provide a moderate-length walk of roughly 4.5 miles. This walk starts from Peter Tavy which isn’t too far away from us at Bowerland – so why not combine it with a trip at our cottages, or a training session for your dog?

You’ll need to start at a car park in Peter Tavy – to reach this simply follow the windy lane from Mary Tavy. Once you’re in the car park and ready to go with your dog, head South East down a track to reach a leat. Stay on the right side of the leat, following it around to the left under Nat Tor. At this point you might just be able to see the cleave ahead of you.

Keep following the leat until you reach a grey building, before heading left which follows the river. Stay on this track but please be advised sometimes the path disappears and you’ll need to cross over obstacles such as boulders. As you travel along you will pass by Ger Tor, taking you into the cleave itself. Keep following the river until you reach Rattle Brook, at which point you’ll need to turn left (leaving the river behind). This next path is fairly narrow, but keep going and you’ll eventually reach a boundary stone.

At the stone you’ll find a stream and path out of the cleave – keep following this until you reach a crossroads where the path and stream split off in different directions. Take the uphill path to the right to bring you to Hare Tor. Spend some time here if you wish, before heading onto Ger Tor – just under a mile away to the South West. Ger Tor will provide you with fantastic views of the cleave you walked up earlier. Once you’re finished, head down in a South Westerly direction, crossing back over the leat and arriving at the car park we started at.

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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