A BEAUTIFUL VILLAGE, PERFECTLY POSITIONED ON nORTH dARTMOOR
Situated 1000ft above sea level, Belstone is on the moor and over the cattle grid – hence cattle, wild ponies and other livestock wander freely. The village was recorded in the Domesday book as ‘Bellestam’.
The Tors lies at the heart of Belstone, and provides access to some of the best walks on Dartmoor. The beer garden overlooks open moor towards Cosdon Hill and offers amazing views that change throughout the day and the seasons. We never get tired of it!
The village is perched between two valleys and two rivers, the Taw and the East Okement – both outstandingly beautiful at all times of the year. You can choose to walk through the valleys and forests that surround the rivers, or head up on to the open moor and visit Higher Tor, Belstone Tor, Irishman’s Wall and the Nine Maidens stone circle.
The legend behind the Nine Maidens is that a group of maidens danced on a Sunday and were turned to stone. As punishment they must dance every day at noon for the rest of eternity.
The more adventurous can continue to Oke Tor or Steeperton, head out for a wild camp or (for the very brave) a wild river dip.