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  • Writer's pictureJodie Newton

Bonehill Rocks SX731 774 (another easy one)

Updated: Jun 27, 2020

From the B387 between Haytor and Widecombe in the Moor, take the right hand fork towards Hound Tor, then the first lane on the left leads to the rocks. There is parking.

Bonehill rocks is a lovely place for a picnic and letterboxing, with pretty views and a stream.

On my first visit to Bonehill Rocks, our eldest Daughter was in a baby carrier on my husbands back, when the fog descended. It was so thick I could barely see my hand in front of my face and though the car was mere meters away it was rather frightening.

At the time we had an old rescued Deerhound cross and he looked like something straight out of Arthur Conan Doyle’s imagination gambling around in the mist with the monstrous, cragged, shadow of the rocks lurking, ominously behind him.

It was easy to see how many of the Dartmoor legends surrounding fog could’ve come into being.

If you want to you can easily head from the rocks across to Bonehill Down and climb up the hill to Bell Tor, Chinkwell Tor and Honeybag Tor for a walk of about 1.5 to 2 miles depending on how much exploring of the Tors you do. The hill is a steep one up to Chinkwell Tor but easy enough for most children and grown ups alike with maybe some mild complaining? 😊

This is or was (our dog is very old now and can't go far 😢) one of my favourite dog walking spots, on my own or with the children. If you are taking a dog be sure to keep them on a lead around livestock and in nesting season and take all dog poo home to bin it.

Walking up to Bell Tor with friends, January 2019

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