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.
LENGTH: 4¼ miles (6.8km)
TIME: 2 hours
START/FINISH: Belstone car park SX 621940
TERRAIN: Rocky and uneven in places, especially along sections of flood-damaged riverbank: boots essential
MAP: OS Explorer
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: None to village; local buses along old A30
PARKING: Belstone car park (free) on way into village
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