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Top 10 Recommended Valleys in Dartmoor National Park


Valleys in Dartmoor National Park
Dartmoor is often portrayed as being bleak. Visit all ten locations below and you'll come away with a very different impression. The high moors are fringed with some of England's most extraordinary wooded valleys and cleaves. We'd recommend holidaying in the Park to discover these alone. By James Penman.

Teign Gorge, Devon

Dartmoor's often portrayed as being bleak and barren. In parts, yes. In others, no. Explore the fringes of the Park and you'll discover a world of stunning, wooded valleys. Great for walking. The Teign Gorge is one of the best. Stay in the Chagford area.

Lustleigh Cleave, Devon

Awesome cleave or valley in the east of Dartmoor National Park. Stand on Harton Chest for some of the finest views available of this part of the Park. Stay in the Lustleigh area.

Belstone Cleave, Devon

In the north of the Park near Belstone Tor and Common and Oke Tor. We'd recommend staying in the Okehampton area or wild camping on the moors.

Lydford Gorge and Waterfall, Devon

Stunning National Trust property and an excellent circular walk. Takes in the highest natural waterfall in South West England. Stay in the Lydford area.

Steeperton Gorge

Just south of Belstone Cleave so if you're up for a longer, circular walk then cover off both in one trip.

Wistman's Wood

Famous, ancient wood in the heart of Dartmoor National Park. The valley heads north and there are plenty of surrounding tors to climb. Stay in the Two Bridges area.

Burrator Reservoir

In the south west of the Park. We'd recommend exploring the tors around the Reservoir before heading up the Plym Valley with its extraordinary prehistory.

Meldon Viaduct, Devon

Park at Meldon Reservoir and Dam and drop down into the valley that's bridged by Meldon Viaduct. Top spot. Stay in the Okehampton area.

Dart Valley, Devon

Arguably Dartmoor's most popular valley and gorge. Most head for New Bridge and New Bridge Car Park and Deeper Marsh/Spitchwick.

Tavy Cleave, Devon

In the west of Dartmoor National Park. Superb views from Ger Tor.