Geo-Trips :: A figure of eight walk from Okehampton to Belstone

East Okement River

A walk from Okehampton station, Tue, 19 May 2015 by David Smith

It rained, but not continually, and I collected six more squares. Most of the way was on footpaths and tracks

Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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SX5994 : East Okement River on edge of Simmons Park by David Smith
East Okement River on edge of Simmons Park
The footbridge is on a path from Station Road to the park

SX5994 : Children's playground, Simmons Park, Okehampton by David Smith
Children's playground, Simmons Park, Okehampton

SX5994 : Playground, Simmons Park, Okehampton by David Smith
Playground, Simmons Park, Okehampton
In the foreground is some keep-fit equipment for adults

SX5994 : Okehampton College seen from Simmons Park by David Smith
Okehampton College seen from Simmons Park

SX5994 : Overgrown mill leat by Tarka Trail, Okehampton by David Smith
Overgrown mill leat by Tarka Trail, Okehampton
The mill leat takes water from the East Okement River to Town Mill [[4084514]].... more

SX5994 : Ball Hill Footpath, part of the Tarka Trail, Okehampton by David Smith
Ball Hill Footpath, part of the Tarka Trail, Okehampton

SX5994 : Bluebells in field by the Tarka Trail,  Okehampton by David Smith
Bluebells in field by the Tarka Trail, Okehampton
The footpath runs through the edge of the woods on Ball Hill, and this narrow... more

SX6094 : Former quarry, Ball Hill,  Okehampton by David Smith
Former quarry, Ball Hill, Okehampton
On the left is Ball Hill Footpath, part of the Tarka Trail. The area to the right... more

SX6094 : Ball Hill footpath, part of the Tarka Trail, Okehampton by David Smith
Ball Hill footpath, part of the Tarka Trail, Okehampton
The path is very close to the East Okement River, glimpsed through the trees

SX6094 : Fatherford ford and railway bridge, Okehampton by David Smith
Fatherford ford and railway bridge, Okehampton
The bridge carried the former railway from Exeter to Okehampton across the East... more

SX6094 : Charlotte's Bridge at Fatherford, Okehampton by David Smith
Charlotte's Bridge at Fatherford, Okehampton
The footbridge was erected in memory of 12 year old Charlotte Saunders who lost... more

SX6094 : Charlotte's Bridge and Fatherford railway bridge,  Okehampton by David Smith
Charlotte's Bridge and Fatherford railway bridge, Okehampton
The footbridge over the East Okement River is in memory of Charlotte Saunders who... more

SX6094 : East Okement River upstream from Fatherford Bridge by David Smith
East Okement River upstream from Fatherford Bridge
A shallow stretch of the river seen from the Tarka Trail

SX6094 : Stepping stones beside the East Okement River by David Smith
Stepping stones beside the East Okement River
These stones are part of the Tarka Trail which follows the riverbank

SX6094 : East Okement River upstream of Fatherford Bridge by David Smith
East Okement River upstream of Fatherford Bridge

SX6094 : Footbridge over tributary of the East Okement River by David Smith
Footbridge over tributary of the East Okement River
Crossed by the Tarka Trail

SX6093 : East Okement River running over a rock outcrop by David Smith
East Okement River running over a rock outcrop
The river runs quickly here over a stretch of hard rock

SX6093 : East Okement River confined to a narrow defile by David Smith
East Okement River confined to a narrow defile
Fast-flowing over a rock outcrop

SX6093 : A fork of paths in Halstock Wood by David Smith
A fork of paths in Halstock Wood
The lower path descends to the East Okement River; it is part of the Tarka Trail

SX6093 : Bluebells and ramsons in Halstock Wood by David Smith
Bluebells and ramsons in Halstock Wood

SX6093 : Valley and woods of the East Okement River by David Smith
Valley and woods of the East Okement River
The white roofs in the far distance are those of an industrial estate on the east... more

SX6093 : Footbridge over the East Okement River by David Smith
Footbridge over the East Okement River
The Tarka Trail crosses here

SX6093 : Boundary wall on West Cleave by David Smith
Boundary wall on West Cleave
A granite wall marking the extent of enclosed land from the farms. In the... more

SX6094 : The north-west of West Cleave Tor (or Rocks) by David Smith
The north-west of West Cleave Tor (or Rocks)
Looking over the woods around Fatherford Bridge to the industrial estate on the... more

SX6194 : Gate for bridleway onto West Cleave by David Smith
Gate for bridleway onto West Cleave
The walls mark the edge of enclosed land; the sheep are on open moorland

SX6193 : The ruins of Watchet Hill Cottage, Belstone by David Smith
The ruins of Watchet Hill Cottage, Belstone

SX6092 : The valley of the East Okement River by Scarey Tor by David Smith
The valley of the East Okement River by Scarey Tor
Higher Halstock is the building on the hillside to the right

SX6192 : The Nine Stones  by David Smith
The Nine Stones
Whoever named this was numerically challenged; they number in the 'teens,... more

SX6192 : Belstone Common looking south by David Smith
Belstone Common looking south
Partway up the nearer slope, there is a line where the principal underlying rock... more

SX6193 : Military flagpole on Watchet Hill by David Smith
Military flagpole on Watchet Hill
Used for warning flags when firing is taking place on the moor nearby

SX6192 : Valley of Lady Brook by David Smith
Valley of Lady Brook
The nearer trees shelter Resugga, a house on the edge of Belstone

SX6193 : Wall at the edge of the moor at Belstone by David Smith
Wall at the edge of the moor at Belstone
An old track now used as a footpath to and from Belstone Common

SX6293 : Parking by the road at Belstone by David Smith
Parking by the road at Belstone
A small area used by walkers visiting Dartmoor at Belstone

SX6293 : Belstone Cleave in the rain by David Smith
Belstone Cleave in the rain
Two new areas of woodland have been planted in the fields above the valley

SX6193 : A terrace of houses, Belstone by David Smith
A terrace of houses, Belstone

SX6193 : The Tors inn, Belstone by David Smith
The Tors inn, Belstone

SX6193 : A site with many uses, Belstone by David Smith
A site with many uses, Belstone
The grey building has a faint inscription that it was the Zion Chapel, 1841, and... more

SX6193 : Bridleway to the moor, Tors Park by David Smith
Bridleway to the moor, Tors Park

SX6193 : Moss covering the wall by the road at Tors Park by David Smith
Moss covering the wall by the road at Tors Park
A testimony to the damp and clean atmosphere here

SX6194 : Bridleway to West Cleave on the moor by David Smith
Bridleway to West Cleave on the moor
This emerges onto the moor through a gate seen in [[4484512]]

SX6194 : Cattle grid on Tor Down by David Smith
Cattle grid on Tor Down

SX6194 : Footpath crossing fields on Tor Down by David Smith
Footpath crossing fields on Tor Down
The path passes through the gate ahead, and then runs across the next field to the... more

SX6194 : Overgrown track on Tor Down by David Smith
Overgrown track on Tor Down
Seen from the public footpath across the Down

SX6194 : Granite and wood stile on Tor Down by David Smith
Granite and wood stile on Tor Down
The horizontal slats fit into holes in the granite upright

SX6094 : Stream at Westlake by David Smith
Stream at Westlake
A tributary of the East Okement River

SX6094 : A30 bridge over a minor road near Fatherford Farm by David Smith
A30 bridge over a minor road near Fatherford Farm
The bridge has been the target of graffiti "artists"

SX6094 : Track leading to Fatherford Bridge by David Smith
Track leading to Fatherford Bridge
This is part of the Devonshire Heartland Way

SX6094 : Gate leading off the Devonshire Heartland Way by David Smith
Gate leading off the Devonshire Heartland Way
The main track (part of the D H Way) leads from Okehampton to Fatherford Bridge

SX5994 : Bluebells on a slope by Devonshire Heartland Way by David Smith
Bluebells on a slope by Devonshire Heartland Way
The field on the right is bounded above by the railway line, the former line from... more

SX9487 : Rainbows over Exminster by David Smith
Rainbows over Exminster
Looking over the village from the car park in Deepway Lane. The prominent roof... more

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