West Dartmoor walk through Widgery Cross and Bleak House

Please note that at 7.5 miles in length this is a longer walk that those we have featured recently. We also need to make it clear that you will be on the border of the Dartmoor Firing Range so take care and don’t wander off path if the red flags are flying.

The walk starts at a car park up a small track near the Dartmoor Inn at Lydford. From here you’ll see a path next to a wall to follow down towards the River Lyd, which you’ll need to cross using the stepping stones (or bridge). Climb up the hill towards Brat Tor, and at the top take a path towards the north east. This will eventually lead you to a boundary stone, which marks the borders between Bridestowe and Sourton.

Continue along the path as it heads to the left which takes you to Bleak House (you can stop here to look around if you’d like). Keep going along this path until you reach an older track, which links into a wider track which was part of an old railway. Turn left on the old railway and you’ll find another track. Following this track as it winds and heads to the left, taking you past views of Great Links Tor and Great Nodden.

The path will fork and you can take either route as both take you towards Nodden Gate. Once you reach the gate head over a couple of fields and over a stile and you’ll be back on a footpath. Turn right and you’ll head back towards the car park you started at.

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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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