Burrator and South Dartmoor, Devon
With Hollywood film locations, Bronze Age stone rows, tin mining and glorious views of open moorland, this route has it all. The terrain is varied too – from compact trails to soft peat tracks – which makes a summer’s day or bleak winter run both interesting and challenging. The steep ascent of Sheeps Tor near the start is well worth the effort to enjoy stunning panoramic views of Plymouth Sound, Cornwall and remote, open moorland. Keep your eyes open for hidden secrets too, like the unfinished cross and circular stone at Gutter Tor. The turning point for the return leg is Nun’s Cross Farm – the cross has been here since at least 1240AD. The highlight of this route has to be the stone row on Hingston Hill with its tall menhir, cairns and over 150 stones. One of the most impressive and remote on Dartmoor, it’s definitely worthy of a contemplative pause and refuel. The views continue as you head back to Burrator Reservoir.