11. Dartmoor walk, 10 miles from  Dartmeet ⇨ Walla Brook ⇨ Bellever⇨  Bellever Tor ⇨ Huccaby.  2018:06:15

There is no clear path up the right bank of the Walla Brook although there are gates and ladder stiles.

There is no clear path from the stepping stones over the Walla Brook until the road near Bellever Bridge. Follow my GPS track. This could be boggy in wet weather.

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The path beside the East Dart River

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The path beside the East Dart River

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Clapper Bridge over the Walla Brook. Don't cross, keep to the right bank here, then follow a side stream to the road for Babeny. Turn left, then turn right into woodland.  The path goes through a gate, then a ladder style over the next wall close to the Walla Brook. The next wall has a small gate onto the open moor, but this gate is quite hidden by the gorse.

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The vegetation here had not been recently grazed and was full of butterflies: Small Pearl bordered Fritillary Boloria selene

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Small Pearl bordered Fritillary Boloria selene

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and damsel flies

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And a large patch of Orchids: Heath Spotted Orchid Dactylorhiza maculata

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Heath Spotted Orchid Dactylorhiza maculata

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Moorland fields beside the Walla Brook

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The stepping stones over the Walla Brook in the middle of this panorama, with Riddon Ridge beyond.

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Stepping stones over the Walla Brook

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...I kept over to the right of Riddon Ridge, but the valley bottom is very boggy

Moorland east of Riddon Ridge, looking north

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Dartmoor Panorama: 360 degree view from east of Bellever Bridge

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Bellever Bridge

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The old clapper Bellever Bridge

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Dartmoor Panorama: 360 degree view from the trig point on Bellever Tor.

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... After Bellever Tor, look for the path to the large standing stone. From the standing stone use the distant view of the western edge of the forest at Huccaby as your guide to which path to take. The ordnance survey shows the paths as straight lines over the moorland, but these don't exist on the ground. My track diverges to look at old tin workings.