Just because you are mobility challenged doesn’t mean that you don’t love the outdoors, but how do you explore the wild when the wild comes with uneven ground and rocky paths?
So if you are fed up of admiring a view whilst sitting in the car park, come with me as I explore Dartmoor for the best spots for those of us who find walking more challenging.
First stop, Bellever Woods, just outside Postbridge.
Bellever Woods is a beautiful stretch of the East Dart river, with pine forest on one side and open moorland on the other. It is also the site of an historic Dartmoor clapper bridge. Hugely popular in summer with families, it is still beautiful in the colder months.
With a combination of stoned and unsurfaced paths, there is a choice of mostly level walks, either beside the river or through the forest. The car park has a fairly well maintained toilet block with a dedicated disabled toilet. A gentle slope leads down towards the main path.
An unsurfaced path leads along the river to the clapper bridge and back for a short, fairly level walk. This walk can become waterlogged in parts in the winter months and leaf debris can make progress more difficult.
A second larger stoned path leads you through the forest on a longer half hour loop and returning to the car park. This walk has a long incline at the start and gate access to the forest.
If you are looking for solitude, either go early in the day or out of season. On a sunny Sunday afternoon, every available patch of grass will contain a family and a barbecue. However, out of season, you are only likely to encounter a few dog walkers and the local Dartmoor ponies.
If you have a favourite accessible spot on the moors, let me know in the comments.