Miles Without Stiles Bellever Forest

Miles Without Stiles Bellever Forest


Route Details

Route type: For Most. Circular forest route. Mainly gravel tracks apart from some rough grass and unsurfaced path sections halfway round.

Disabled Ramblers Category Level: 2/3

Distance: 4 km (2.5 miles)

Start point: Postbridge National Park Visitor Centre car park SX 647 788

Getting there: Car park in Postbridge found halfway between Yelverton and Moretonhampstead on the B3212

Facilities: Public and disabled toilets at National Park Visitor Centre Postbridge and Forestry Commission car park in Bellever

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This waymarked route encircles Lakehead Hill in the middle of the forest. Follow timber finger posts with logo of mobility scooter. It initially heads south west, after about a kilometre and a half it branches off to the south through a wonderful stand of old conifers to join the Lych Way. Here the route bears east for a kilometre and follows an ancient stone row across open heathland. At the main track way intersection the route then heads left via a wide forest track back to the start.

Directions

  1. Exit the Visitor Centre car park in top left-hand corner (left side of main building) and turn left onto gravel path.
  2. Briefly follow this path to the main road and cross with caution.
  3. Go through gate next to cattle grid and turn right into Forestry England’s car park.
  4. Follow main entrance trackway and bear left up towards gate (50m).
  5. Go through gate and follow main trail up hill.
  6. After some 200m take the first trackway on the right and follow waymarked trail (mobility scooter symbol).
  7. After some 1300m or so turn left off main track following waymarked trail (and Public Bridleway).
  8. After 300m turn left and follow waymarked path to the next main track (150m) and go straight across.
  9. Follow this path now for 500m (initially through forest and then open grassland with excellent views of Bellever Tor) turn left at the next major track junction at the top of the hill.
  10. This main forest track takes you directly back to the start (1.5k).

Did you know?

  • Stone cists, burial cairns, stone rows and hut circles are evidence of how people lived here thousands of years ago.
  • There are over 30 hut circles within the forest, suggesting that there were many more people living here during the Bronze Age (4000-2600 years ago) than there are today.
  • Excavations have discovered flint knives, scrapers and shards of pottery, some of it highly decorated and even a bear skin. Some of the finds are on display in the new Postbridge Visitor Centre.