The Archangel’s Way

Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims past and present on the Archangel’s Way across the north of Dartmoor, from towering St Michael’s church atop Brentor to St Michael the Archangel’s in Chagford, a bustling market town. Throughout the route there are indications of how man has connected with the unique landscape to live as an interconnected part of it, from the Neolithic stone circles and ancient wells to more recent industrial past. The Archangel’s Way invites you to breathe deep, become more conscious of your spirit and spend some time to re-connect.

There are 35 miles from Brentor around the northern slopes of the moor to Chagford, broken down into 5 stages. It’s an ancient and remote landscape that connects you to the people who have lived here via the buildings and artefacts they have left behind. You can investigate historic churches and other sacred sites dating back thousands of years. You will feel a long way away from everyday life, but accommodation and other facilities can be found along the route at the delightful village locations of Lydford and Belstone.

Route cards and reflections can be downloaded for individual stages below. Additional information for visitors can be DOWNLOADED HERE.

Download your passport for The Archangel’s Way here.

Please ensure you have read the information on our Wander Safely page before embarking on your journey and have downloaded the map for your chosen stage(s) onto the OS Maps app (see Wander Safely for details). Alternatively you can download the full route as a gpx file for use in another mapping app by clicking the DOWNLOAD GPX button at the bottom of the page.

PLEASE NOTE: While we endeavour to ensure that information regarding points of interest are up to date, you should check opening times and current restrictions directly with locations.

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Route: Brentor - Chagford
Duration: 4 - 5 Days
Distance: 30 - 38 miles / 48 - 61 km
Average daily distance: 7 miles / 11.5 km
Difficulty: Moderate/difficult with rocky and hilly sections

Stage 1 - Brentor to Lydford

Start off with a visit to the lofty heights of St. Michael de la Rupe atop Brent Tor and descend back across the fields and along the lanes of North Brentor village before skirting the edge of Black Down en-route to Lydford village.

Reflections and route details for this section can be viewed and downloaded via the button below.

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The Archangel's Way
1 Day
5.5 miles / 9 km
Cattle, sheep and ponies, stiles, road walking

Stage 2 - Lydford to Sourton (low route)

There is a choice of routes between Lydford and Sourton.  If the weather is bad and the cloud cover such that the tors are not visible then inexperienced walkers should consider staying on this route. Stage 2A is the higher level, more challenging, moorland route.

Take time to see St. Petrock’s and the Castle before following the old Saxon Lanes out of the village. The route follows the West Devon Way across Fernworthy Down and along old green lanes and tracks before dropping down to Lake where we walk under and then over the old railway viaduct to continue along the Granite Way to our destination.

Reflections and route details for this section can be viewed and downloaded via the button below.

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The Archangel's Way
1 Day
5 miles / 8 km
Road walking

Stage 2A - Lydford to Sourton (moorland route)

There is a choice of routes between Lydford and Sourton.  This is the higher level, more challenging, moorland route.  If the weather is bad and the cloud cover such that the tors are not visible then inexperienced walkers should consider staying on the low-level route described in Stage 2 – Lydford to Sourton (low route).

Take time to see St. Petrock’s and the Castle before following the old Saxon Lanes to leave the village via Silver Street.  The first glimpse of the Moor and its tors comes on High Down before following the River Lyd to the river crossing where a decision has to be made whether to ascend Brat Tor and visit Widgery Cross. After continuing along the riverbank, the old peat railway track is then used around Great Nodden followed by moorland tracks past Sourton Tor and the Ice Works down to Sourton church.

Reflections and route details for this section can be viewed and downloaded via the button below.

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The Archangel's Way
1 day
7.5 miles / 12 km
Sheep and ponies

Stage 3 -Sourton to Belstone (low route)

There is a choice of routes between Sourton and Belstone.  This is the easier, low level route, while ‘Stage 3A Sourton to Belstone (moor route)’ describes the higher level, more challenging, moorland route.  If the weather is bad and the cloud cover such that the tors are not visible then inexperienced walkers should consider staying on the low-level route described here.

 If the Red flags are flying denoting that the Okehampton Military Firing Range is active (check on the gov.uk Dartmoor Firing Programme website) you MUST take this Route between Sourton and Belstone.

Leaving by the Granite Way, we cross Meldon viaduct and descend alongside it to view what is such a fine example of Victorian engineering. Through the old quarry area and alongside the Red-a-Ven brook, the path ascends steeply keeping on the northern edge of the High Moor. After the Military Camp, lanes are followed to Lower Halstock before a wooded stretch down and across the East Okement River. The path steadily ascends to Nine Maidens stone circle and across Watchet Hill into Belstone.

Reflections and route details for this section can be viewed and downloaded via the button below.

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The Archangel's Way
1 Day
8 miles / 13 km
Sheep, cattle grids, road walking

Stage 3A - Sourton to Belstone (moorland route)

There is a choice of routes between Sourton and Belstone.  This covers the higher level, more challenging, moorland route, while Stage 3 describes the easier, low level route.  If the weather is bad and the cloud cover such that the tors are not visible then inexperienced walkers should consider staying on the low-level route described in Stage 3.

 If the Red flags are flying denoting that the Okehampton Military Firing Range is active (check on the gov.uk Dartmoor Firing Programme website) you MUST take the alternative Low Route between Sourton and Belstone (Stage 3)

A short section of the Granite Way takes us onto the Moor at Prewley where we drop down to Vellake Corner and along the West Okement valley to the delightful Black-a-Tor Copse. A steep ascent to the tor takes us across open moorland with paths and tracks leading to the bridge at Cullever Steps. Skirting Scarey Tor, Nine Maidens stone circle is reached before dropping down into Belstone village.

Reflections and route details for this section can be viewed and downloaded via the button below.

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The Archangel's Way
1 day
8.5 miles / 14 km
Sheep and ponies, road walking

Stage 4 - Belstone to Throwleigh (direct route)

A wooded high level path along Belstone Cleave descends down to the riverside arriving at Sticklepath village. Lanes are taken to South Tawton and back to South Zeal before ascending Ramsley Hill. The quiet lane to Throwleigh is then followed, arriving at the church on the right.

Reflections and route details for this section can be viewed and downloaded via the button below.

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The Archangel's Way
1 day
6 miles / 10 km
Cattle, stiles, cattle grids, road walking

Stage 4A - Belstone to Throwleigh (via Cosdon Stone Rows)

Taking the Stage 4 route to Ramsley Hill, we leave via old walled green lanes up and along the side of Cosdon Hill to reach the triple stone rows and cists. Moorland tracks and paths then cross Blackaton Brook and Throwleigh Common to lead to Shilstone Tor where the lane is taken the short way to Throwleigh, arriving at the church on the left.

Reflections and route details for this section can be viewed and downloaded via the button below.

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The Archangel's Way
1 day
7.75 miles / 12.5 km
Sheep and ponies, cattle grids, road walking

Stage 5 - Throwleigh to Chagford

We leave Throwleigh by Deave Lane, a wooded old trackway that joins the lane outside Wonson to take us to Providence. Footpaths then lead up to Gidleigh from where lanes are taken to Murchington, with a wooded section and delightful riverside path circling around Chagford to bring us in from the north-east side. A walk through the village leads to our finish at St. Michael The Archangel church.

Reflections and route details for this section can be viewed and downloaded via the button below.

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The Archangel's Way
1 day
5 miles / 8 km
Stiles, road walking

Stage 5A - Throwleigh to Chagford via Scorhill and Kes Tor

Following the route from Stage 5 to Gidleigh, we then take the lanes out to the eastern edge of the moor and the wonderful setting of Scorhill stone circle. This is followed by the clapper bridge crossings of the Walla Brook and North Teign rivers and the path up to Kestor from where magnificent 360 degree views should be enjoyed. A steady descent along paths, wooded tracks and lanes takes us down to the River Teign where the historic stone bridge is crossed to meet back up with the riverside path around Chagford and our finish at St. Michael The Archangel church.

Reflections and route details for this section can be viewed and downloaded via the button below.

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The Archangel's Way
1 day
8.5 miles / 14 km
Sheep and ponies, road walking

Belstone Ring Cross

The carved stone found inside St Mary’s Church has been dated between the 7th and 9th centuries, suggesting that there has been active worship at Belstone since before the Norman Conquest. It was discovered during the 1861 demolition of the Church meeting room and almshouses. The stone had been used, face down, as one of the outdoor steps up to the meeting room. It then became part of a wall at the Rectory, a mile away, but was returned to the Churchyard in the 1930s and was placed in its present position in 2005.

Sourton to Belstone, Belstone to Throwleigh
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Cosdon Triple Stone Rows

This monument includes a triple stone row alignment, a cairn and short length of hollow way situated on a gently sloping natural shelf to the eastern flank of Cosdon Hill. It is known locally as The Graveyard and comprises a 138m long triple row of at least 118 stones whose height gradually increases uphill (west) to the cairn. The height increase to 1m where the blocking stones stand in front of the cairn. The rows are cut through by a hollow way that was part of peat track from the moorland down to South Zeal. It is thought that the stone rows were a great deal longer, running down the hill, but many stones have been removed for wall building over the ages but what remains is still one of the finest examples in the country.

Belstone to Throwleigh
South Tawton, Okehampton EX20 2PY
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Nine Maidens Stone Circle

The legend of the Nine Maidens stone circle at Belstone is that nine maidens were turned to stone for dancing on the Sabbath and that at noon the church bells bring them to life and they dance. In fact, the stones were placed by Bronze Age man and form the outer wall of a long vanished burial chamber.

Sourton to Belstone
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Scorhill Stone Circle

One of the 26 examples of stone circle found on Dartmoor, Scorhill is one of the most visually impressive and (alongwith its three nearby cains) formed a significant ritual area. The circle is situated on a west facing slope overlooking the North Teign valley. It measures 27m in diameter and comprises 23 upright granite slabs standing up to 2.25m high. A further 11 stones lie recumbent and it is thought the original number was over 60. A reave leads from the circle to the cairns in a southwest direction, being of double bank construction. This area features many differing historic monuments including, to the south, the Wallabrook and Teign-a-Ver clapper bridges (both dating from the C18/C19, where the granite slabs rest on large matching stone abutments), the Tolmen Stone (a large rock in the river with a naturally formed hole through it), prehistoric field systems, hut circles, and six alignments with stone circles and standing stones.

Throwleigh to Chagford
Newton Abbot TQ13 8EU
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Sourton Labyrinth

This small stone labyrinth path is set into the grass in the field behind St Thomas a Becket Church in Sourton. Follow the path round to the right of the church and go through the gate towards the Granite Way marker post. We encourage you to pause, take of your boots and spend some time slowing walking the labyrinth.

Lydford to Sourton, Sourton to Belstone
Church of St Thomas a Becket, Sourton, Okehampton EX20 4HN
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Chagford

The town of Chagford has a wealth of wonderful places to eat and to stay. The Visit Chagford website will tell you all you need to know!

Devil’s Cauldron Tearooms

National Trust tea room at the Devil’s Cauldron end of Lydford Gorge. Toilets are available for all visitors to use. There is free parking at this site, but there are limited spaces and so be aware that at busy times it may be filled by visitors to the Gorge.

Brentor to Lydford, Lydford to Sourton
Lydford, near Tavistock, Devon, EX20 4BH
01822820320
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Sticklepath stores and cafe

Restock your supplies for the journey head before taking a break in the cafe, or picking up a takeaway to eat along the way.

Belstone to Throwleigh
Main Street, Sticklepath EX20 2NW
01837 840359
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The Castle Inn

The Castle Inn at Lydford has rooms, great food and a lovely garden. Overnight camping is available by prior arrangement with the landlord.

Brentor to Lydford; Lydford to Sourton
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The Old School Tearoom

A delightful tearoom in the refurbished Sunday School tucked behind Belstone Methodist Chapel. Open Friday to Monday, serving soup and cakes as well as a welcome cuppa.

Sourton to Belstone, Belstone to Throwleigh
The Old School Tearoom Belstone Okehampton Devon
01837 840498
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The Oxenham Arms

As well as comfortable accommodation and delicious food, The Oxenham Arms has an amazing history. Do check out the History page on their website for lots of details. They are the oldest heritage inn in Devon and one of the most famous old coaching inns in the UK. Inside you’ll find the 27 foot Neolithic […]

Belstone to Throwleigh
Shelly Rd, South Zeal, Okehampton EX20 2JT
01837840244
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Waterfall Tea Rooms

At the White Lady waterfall end of Lydford Gorge, the National Trust tearoom offers refreshment, parking and toilets for all visitors. The car park is free, but spaces are limited. Be aware that at busy times, the car park may be filled by visitors to the gorge.

Brentor to Lydford, Lydford to Sourton
Lydford, near Tavistock, Devon, EX20 4BH
01822820320
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The Kings Arms Inn

Make a stop on your way through South Zeal at the King’s Arms, a 500 year old traditional village pub. A warm welcome and good food await the weary traveller and dogs are more than welcome. Camping is also available  – see the website for details.

Belstone to Throwleigh
The Kings Arms South Zeal Okehampton Devon EX20 2JP
01837 840300
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The Tors Inn

The Tors Inn at Belstone has rooms, locally sourced food, and an outdoor kitchen/BBQ (the Shed) where you can grab a table and enjoy fabulous burgers in the magical “infinity garden”

Sourton to Belstone; Belstone to Sticklepath
Belstone, Okehampton EX20 1QZ
01837 840689
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Millies Homemade Cakes

Millie’s pop up cafe on Brentor Playing Field. Fridays and some Saturdays (check the facebook page for details)

The Kings Arms Inn

Make a stop on your way through South Zeal at the King’s Arms, a 500 year old traditional village pub. A warm welcome and good food await the weary traveller and dogs are more than welcome. Camping is also available  – see the website for details.

Belstone to Throwleigh
The Kings Arms South Zeal Okehampton Devon EX20 2JP
01837 840300
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The Tors Inn

The Tors Inn at Belstone has rooms, locally sourced food, and an outdoor kitchen/BBQ (the Shed) where you can grab a table and enjoy fabulous burgers in the magical “infinity garden”

Sourton to Belstone; Belstone to Sticklepath
Belstone, Okehampton EX20 1QZ
01837 840689
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Backpack (wild) Camping

Dartmoor offers awesome opportunities for wild camping if you are planning to just pack up your tent and wander along The Archangel’s Way. It is however a wild landscape and a working environment so make sure you are well prepared. Follow the Dartmoor National Park advice on wild camping at all times and stay safe.

The Castle Inn

The Castle Inn at Lydford has rooms, great food and a lovely garden. Overnight camping is available by prior arrangement with the landlord.

Brentor to Lydford; Lydford to Sourton
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The Oxenham Arms

As well as comfortable accommodation and delicious food, The Oxenham Arms has an amazing history. Do check out the History page on their website for lots of details. They are the oldest heritage inn in Devon and one of the most famous old coaching inns in the UK. Inside you’ll find the 27 foot Neolithic […]

Belstone to Throwleigh
Shelly Rd, South Zeal, Okehampton EX20 2JT
01837840244
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St Mary’s Chapel, South Zeal

St Mary’s South Zeal is an ancient Guild chapel, set in the heart of what was a 13th century ‘new town’. A fine 14th century cross (18 feet high) is in the garden. It is considered one of the finest in Devon. A church inventory of 1552 recorded “two bells at the ‘Chapell in villa […]

Belstone to Throwleigh
South Zeal, Okehampton EX20 2JY, UK
01647 432265
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St Michael the Archangel, Chagford

The church, dedicated to St Michael the Archangel, is Chagford’s oldest building. The first written record we have is of the dedication of a church here in 1261 by Bishop Branscombe of Exeter, but it is likely there was a sacred site here back in Saxon times. St. Michael’s as we see it today is […]

Throwleigh to Chagford
Chagford Parish Church, Chagford, Newton Abbot TQ13 8BN
(01647) 432265
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Holy Trinity, Gidleigh

The Church of the Holy Trinity at Gidleigh is a beautiful Dartmoor church of Saxon origins, completely rebuilt in the late 15th and early 16th centuries (with some later additions). The churchyard is one of a very few in the UK which includes a stream and you will even find a small castle next door.

Belstone to Throwleigh, Throwleigh to Chagford
Gidleigh, Newton Abbot, TQ13 8HR
(01647) 432265
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Providence Chapel

On the northern edge of the Dartmoor National Park, Providence Methodist Chapel is one of the oldest chapels in the Circuit (1839)  

Throwleigh to Chagford
Providence Methodist Chapel, Nr. Throwleigh, Devon, EX20 2HZ
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St Andrew’s Church, South Tawton

The church of St Andrew’s probably started life as the Manor chapel and is mentioned as early as 1199. The church has gone through many refurbishments and subsequent strippings out over its history, a particularly turbulent time being the 16th century. However, it now displays some of the finest roof carvings in Devon – with […]

Belstone to Throwleigh
Fore Street, South Tawton, EX20 2LW
01647 432265
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St Mary the Virgin, Throwleigh

Situated in one of the prettiest villages on Dartmoor, St Mary the Virgin Church dates, in part, from the 13th century, with most being from the 15th and 16th. Here you will find beautiful woodwork, including a Three Hares and a Green Man roofboss, along with stunning stained glass.

Belstone to Throwleigh, Throwleigh to Chagford
Throwleigh, EX20 2HT
(01647) 432265
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St Mary’s Church, Sticklepath

Originally on this site there was an old thatched chapel which dated from 1146 and was possibly the oldest Chantry in the diocese. In Mr Baring Gould’s Book of Dartmoor he states ‘At Sticklepath was a curious old cob thatched chapel, but this was unnecessarily destroyed and a modern erection of no interest or beauty […]

Belstone to Throwleigh
Sticklepath, Okehampton EX20 2NL
01837 659297
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Christ Church, Brentor

Christ Church was built as a chapel of ease to the Parish Church of St Michael de Rupe. St Michael’s was the place of worship for the village, but parishioners became concerned about the difficulty and safety of walking up the Tor, especially in winter. And so Christ Church was built in the 19th century […]

St Mary’s Church, Belstone

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Village Square Belstone Exeter EX20 1RB
01837 659297
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St Michael de Rupe, Brent Tor

St Michael de Rupe is one of the iconic landmarks of West Devon. Founded in 1130 by the local landowner Robert Giffard, St Michael’s is the fourth smallest parish church in the UK, and the highest working church in England. The church is only slightly over 11 metres long and 4 metres wide , although […]

St Petroc’s Church, Lydford

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Brentor to Lydford
St Petroc's Church Lydford, Okehampton EX20 4BH
01837 861580
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St Thomas à Becket, Sourton

In the village of Sourton, on the edge of Dartmoor, St Thomas à Becket is a 14th Century church founded on an earlier settlement – going back before 970 when Aelfgyth was Chaplain and it was likely that there was a simple church building on the site. The churchyard holds many fascinating graves, while inside […]

Lydford to Sourton
Sourton, Okehampton EX20 4HN
01837 861580
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