Burrator and South Dart­moor, Devon

Trail Running (UK) - - Routes - Paul Wal­dron, Trail Run­ning reader

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.

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