From Sticklepath, near Okehampton, to Belstone – 4.5 mile walk.


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belstone footpath

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tarka trail

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This should take you around 1.5 – 2 hours. Some of the walk is over quite rocky ground, so you will need to make sure you have good enough footwear to cope with this. If you are staying at Bowerland Cottages, this walk is an easy one to get to.

You will start this walk from Finch Foundry at Sticklepath – Finch Foundry is a 19th-century water-powered forge. It was originally used to produce agricultural and mining hand tools. Once you have parked up, (there is some free parking available on the side of the road), walk towards the village pub and up the main road.

Cross the river Taw and turn right onto the bridlepath and follow the Tarka Trail. (The Tarka Trail is in total 180 miles long and follows in the footsteps of Tarka the Otter). Continue following the bridle path keeping close to the river.

After crossing the river continue to next bridge. Cross over the river once more and carry on, making sure the river is on your right. The path turns towards inland for a short while then it will loop towards the right. You will go up a grassy hill towards Belstone, and if you have the time, it is worth just admiring the views which are really breathtaking.

Walk forwards into Belstone and go past the stocks, the church and the pub. If you have time stop for a welcome break in the pub, sit outside on one of the benches and admire the wonderful dartmoor scenery in front of you. It is well worth taking the time to stop, definitely a photo opportunity.

After your rest, carry on until you arrive at the T junction where you need to take a right turn and then a left onto a public footpath. Go forward until you reach a lane and then take a right turn. You will see a footpath on right, ignore this but continue for roughly 200m and when you get nearly to the end of a wooded area. At this point take a right on the footpath in front of you. At the end of the path turn left into a lane. Take the bridlepath on the right and follow a bluebell lined path back to Sticklepath.

I hope you thoroughly enjoy this walk, please let me know how you get on. Tell me what you think by posting your comments below. Why don’t you Share this with your friends and family by clicking the Facebook icon or follow us on Twitter?

Carole LangmanAbout the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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