A new leaflet featuring a selection of mapped and described walks in and around the beautiful north Dartmoor area of South Zeal and South Tawton has just been published by South Tawton Parish Council. The leaflet also identifies points of interest, including historical facts, along the way.

The five walks range from a two-mile (3.2km) route of approximately one hour to a five-mile (8km) trek taking two and half to three hours. Four of the routes are circular, starting and finishing at the car park in South Zeal recreation ground. These include a pavement-only option, a walk to the nearby Ramsley Common viewpoint and 19th-century mine workings, and a boardwalk over wetland meadow and scenic woodland. A route along the Tarka Trail joins up with Sampford Courtenay’s own village trail through Taw Green and South Tawton to the moor and Belstone via Sticklepath. Finally, there is a walk along tracks and open moorland to the well-known local Shilley (Shelley) pool.

The leaflet can be downloaded from South Tawton Parish Council’s website at https://sites.google.com/southtawtonparishcouncil.org.uk/southtawtonparishcouncil/activities/footpaths. From August, an A3 foldout colour leaflet will be available from shops, pubs and other venues, both in and around the parish.

The leaflet was funded by a grant from Devon County Council and South Tawton Parish Council, with additional advice and support from the local ranger at Dartmoor National Park Authority.


For further information, please contact:

Cllr Fi Reddaway, South Tawton Parish Council


07850 305040