Cosdon and the River Taw

Cosdon Hill, Dartmoor

About this walk

Of the many options for short circular walks from Belstone on the northern edge of the moor this has to be the loveliest in spring:
a run across the lower moorland slopes of Cosdon Hill is followed by a steep descent through Skaigh Wood, then a return along the River Taw.

Note: The route could be reversed, giving great views of Belstone village, but going anticlockwise avoids a very steep ascent out of the cleave.


4 1/4 miles (6.8km)


2 hours


Belstone car park SX 621940


Rocky and uneven in places, especially along sections of flood-damaged riverbank: boots essential


OS Explorer OL28 Dartmoor

Public Transport

None to village; local buses along old A30


Belstone car park (free) on way into village