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Explore Bellever
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

Welcome to Bellever Forest where you can enjoy the tranquillity of a picnic by the East Dart River or take an exhilarating walk to the stunning views from Bellever Tor.

Walking Trails

Whether you are looking for an exhilarating walk or a gentle meander through the forest, Bellever can cater for every ability. Choose from one of the waymarked trails or join the historic bridleway, The Lich Way.

Horse riding

With the exception of bridleways horse riding is by permit only. For an application form please call, 01594 833057

Archaeological monuments

Discover numerous archaeological sites as you explore Bellever.


Bellever has a fascinating range of wildlife, including Dartmoor Ponies.

The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust is a registered charity dedicated to the preservation of the Dartmoor pony breed. Their Pedigree and approved Heritage Dartmoor Ponies graze the forest, helping to keep the vegetation down and create diverse grassland areas for wildlife. It is important to keep all gates shut in order to prevent cross-breeding with ponies from the surrounding area. Please do not feed the ponies.

Car Parking charges

Cars and motorbikes pay £1 for up to two hours and £2 for over two hours.  There is a flat rate for minibuses of £4.

Downloadable audio walks

Visit the National Park's website for free downloadable audio walks for Postbridge and Bellever.

What do other visitors say?

3 Stars 3 Stars

Lovely venue. Have annual pass. Great picnic spot, paddle and walk. However last two visits in Aug 15 have been tarred by disgusting, unuseable toilets. Flooded, blocked, flush broke and handles falling off. If do work unclean and no loo roll. Saw a turd which resembled human floating downstream today. Think loos standard are driving people to pooing in the river. We certainly persauded children to pee behind a tree. What does this do to the quality of environment? Loos did not improve in fortnight between each visit. If problem put a note up, people can accept maintenance but not lack of attendance. Recommend visitors take your own loo roll.

collette, 18/Aug/2015

The Forestry Commission would like to apologise to you and other users of Bellever Forest for the on-going problems with the toilet facilities located in the car park in Bellever village. We are well aware of the impact that toilet facilities have upon our visitors and this year a number of issues have arisen including vandalism and maintenance problems associated with this site being remote and having its own water supply. The presence of the ‘Porta loos’ are an attempt to provide some facilities whilst the maintenance issues are being resolved. Significant investment has been made this year attempting to resolve the problems and we are now instigating a review of the facilities to avoid this happening again.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

we stumbled across this place whilst driving on the moors, truly beautiful

teresa hedges, 6/Sep/2014
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Last updated: 15th August 2016

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What's Here?

  • Dogs
  • Picnic
  • Walking
  • Wildlife
  • Cycling
  • Cyclists are welcome, but please stay on the stoned forest roads.
  • Horse riding
  • With the exception of bridleways, horse riding is by permit only. For an application form please call 01392 834231.
  • Viewpoint
  • Follow the Postbridge Trail and enjoy the stunning views from Bellever Tor.
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