Stage 6: Chagford to Okehampton — the Dartmoor Way
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Kit P planned a hike.
December 8, 2020
One of the longer days on the Dartmoor Way at 13 miles (21 km), this hike has around 1,500 feet (460 m) of ascent and descent. You’ll skirt the open moorland for much of it, enjoying woodlands, fields and river crossings before getting onto the moor at Belstone and enjoying some exceptional views.
The first thing you’ll do as you leave Chagford is cross the River Teign and head along lanes and through fields to Blackaton Copse. This Woodland Trust copse is a gorgeous spot for a quick break on the benches alongside the brook. The trail leads on to Throwleigh, a little peaceful village with thatched cottages and a 15th-century granite church.
As you skirt the moor up to South Zeal, you’ll glimpse the majestic, towering Cosdon Hill. Once in Sticklepath, it’s worth seeing Finch Foundry, a water-powered forge maintained by the National Trust. Following the River Taw to Belstone, now’s your moment to climb up onto open moorland. You’ll get views across to Yes Tor and High Willhays, the highest points on Dartmoor, before heading back down and into Okehampton.
Okehampton is a thriving town that has large supermarkets and plenty of shops. You’ll find a youth hostel here as well as hotels and B&Bs. To the south of the town and around Belstone there’s plenty of legal wild camping areas, so check the official map if you fancy a night under the stars. Okehampton also has good bus links to Exeter. While there is a train station here, it’s only run seasonally on Sundays.
December 11, 2020