Wonderful walks – right on the doorstep!
The Potting Shed is perfect for a short break or longer holiday. Whether you are a keen walker and want to tackle Dartmoor, are more of a stroller along rivers and lanes, or just want a base from which to explore the whole gorgeous county of Devon – the Potting Shed is ideal.
The walking here is fantastic! You can take a different route every day right from the doorstep. Moorland, rivers, lanes, there's miles and miles to explore.
If you are planning a walking break, do come prepared! You will need walking boots and waterproof gear. An OS map of the area is also recommended - we have one you can borrow, plus lots of walking guides. There is lots of livestock on the moor and dogs MUST be kept under control.
WHERE TO WALK...
In the welcome folder in the Potting Shed, you will find walking books, maps and a few routes that I have detailed myself. When you arrive at the Potting Shed, you'll see that we are blessed with a wonderful view of Cawsand Beacon, also known as Cosdon Hill. If you’re feeling energised, stride up to the trig point on the top – it rises to 550 metres and is one of the largest hills on Dartmoor. It’ll take you anything from 45 minutes to an hour to get to the top. The views, of course, are spectacular...
There are lots of tracks leading up onto the Beacon. The easiest way to get there is to walk up the main street, past the King’s Arms and turn left at the crossroads. Walk about 200m to the main road, go straight across and explore from there! Branch left and start climbing up onto the Beacon, there’s a lovely warren of paths and tracks to explore. Just keep heading uphill and you’ll reach the open moor.
If you don’t branch left and keep straight on, the path will take you up and onto the moor heading towards Belstone Cleave and lovely woodland and the River Taw Valley.
IF YOU ARE HEADING ONTO THE OPEN MOOR, PLEASE:
Take an OS map with you, or at least a good walking book! Be aware of *very* boggy areas.
You will need walking boots and very probably wet weather gear. Walking poles are also useful.
The weather can change dramatically, especially as you climb higher so please ensure you have enough layers. An energy bar and a drink are also a good idea.
Take your mobile phone in case you get into difficulties. The signal is generally good high on the moor, less so in the valleys.
We recommend you download the what3words app. It is free and a brilliant way to effectively communicate a precise location – anywhere on the planet.
After a lot of rain, the rivers and streams can become very fast flowing and deep, so take care.
Respect the livestock! You will probably come across Dartmoor ponies, sheep and cattle, give them a wide berth and they’ll ignore you.
If you have a dog with you, it MUST be kept under close control. If it won’t recall on command, please keep it on a lead.