Bridestowe Common

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The most north westerly corner of Dartmoor, Bridestowe Common, has some beautiful tors and a nature reserve.

TypeOverall vote
Walk:7.6/10
Popularity rank: #7702
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Dartmoor, Devon, Wessex, South West England, England, Great Britain, UK, Europe
Variants:
Kitty Tor, Hunt Tor, Gren Tor, Great Links Tor, Higher Dunna Goat, Great Nodden, Sourton Common, Woodcock Hill, Arms Tor, Widgery Cross, Doetor Common, Lower Dunna Goat, Green Tor, Dunna Goat, Brat Tor, Doe Tor, Logan Stone, Bleak House

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Sourton Tor

Excellent views north and west over the village of Sourton and beyond. Topped with a trig point.

Black a tor Copse

Small upland oakwood supporting one of the best examples of upland south-western lichen communities in Britain which cloak the oak trees. Several species of nationally rare lichens grow here. This is also one of the best places on Dartmoor to see breeding Ring Ouzels (Blackbird type bird with white breast), though due to concerns over disturbance it is suggested not to picnic or camp here, between 1 March and 15 July

Slipper Stones

Ridge running south and west of West Okement River, very steep towards river. Between 1 March and 15 July the valley is used by rare birds for nesting and it is suggested that you shouldn't linger, picnic or camp here.

Branscombes Loaf

Impressive block of granite, with a passing resemblance to a loaf. According to legend, placed there by the devil after he was thwarted in his attempt to possess a 13th century bishop with an offer of free bread and cheese.

Great Links Tor

As one of the highest points on the moor, 586 meters (1924 feet), has excellent views west. Tipped with a monolithic outcrop of granite 12 meters (40 feet) high.

Brat Tor

Granite tor topped with a 12 feet 8 inch (3.86 meters) cross commemorating the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887.

Bleak House

Built 1900 for the site manager of Rattlebrook Peat Works, it was a bleak location, hence it epithet. Abandoned 1930 to the mercy of Dartmoor, now little more than the remains of four walls.

Dartmoor Training Area Fire Notices

While Bridestowe Common isn't subject to public access restrictions. Heading east or south and you will cross into restricted areas, Okehampton Range or Willsworthy Range respectively. See Dartmoor Training Area Fire Notices for latest information.

Woodcock Hill

Flattish top hill surrounded by a few tors. Equal highest height with Great Links Tor in Bridestowe Common.

Directions

How to get here

Car

On the A386 near to Lydford, turn east at the Dartmoor Inn. The public car park with around 50 spaces is situated around 200 yards (200 meters) on the right

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Never closes

Prices:

Free

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