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Walk 2838 - printer friendly version

Laughing Tors Walk

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 3.5 miles / 5.7 km

Ascent - 600 feet / 182 metres

Grade - easy

Start - OS grid reference SX665771
Lat 50.578339 + Long -3.8868653
Postcode PL20 6TU (approx. location only)

This easy Dartmoor walk visits two tors near the hamlet of Bellever which lies just to the south of Postbridge namely Bellever Tor and Laughetr Tor. The start is the small parking area just to the south of Bellever at grid ref. SX665771. The route uses well-trodden paths and bridleways. However the use of the relevant OS 1:25000 map is recommended as there many paths in this area, which may cause confusion.

From the parking area walk north along the track back into Bellever. Turn left along the tarmac road that passes in front of the Youth Hostel (which will be on your right). Where the tarmac lane ends continue ahead onto a track for just over 200 metres to a path junction (grid ref. SX651772) adjacent to an area where the trees have been felled. Turn left with a plantation on your left and continue along this track for about one kilometre to reach another junction where a track comes in from the right (grid ref. SX647764). Bear left here and almost immediately go right onto a path that soon enters open moorland. Continue along the rising path to the summit of Bellever Tor and enjoy the views.

Leave the summit of Bellever Tor taking the path heading south. This leads to a wall junction (grid ref. SX645758). Go through the gate and take the path heading southwest (not the one along the wall on your right). After 400 metres on this path you reach a path junction (grid ref. SX647755). Take the left fork, passing a stone enclosure on your right, to the summit of Laughing Tor (grid ref. SX653757).

After enjoying the view, walk east to reach a wall. Bear right along the wall (which is on your left). Continue along the wall to a gap in a cross wall and continue on a meandering path to reach a track (grid ref. SX657755). Turn left along the track. Take the right fork at the first junction and continue past Laughter Hole Farm. 400 metres after the farm, keep straight head ignoring the track forking left. Stay on this track back to the car park used at the start of the walk.

This walk is one of many routes prepared by Martyn Hanks for Youth Hostellers. The routes were drawn in a 'Wainwright' style and provided annotated maps offering additional information for walkers. Prepared before the days of GPS they were an invaluable resource and Walking Britain is happy to ensure that these walks remain in the public domain.

Bellever and Laughter Tors map


Walk 2838 Route Map

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