Visiting Dartmoor without seeing the historic Postbridge Clapper would be like coming to Devon and not trying a cream tea. The earliest record of this piece of Dartmoor history is 1655, and although it’s not the only one of its kind on Dartmoor it’s one of the largest. In spite of its grand age, more than 800 vehicles pass over it every hour, so don’t be fooled by its delicate appearance.
There are all kinds of short walks starting from and including the Postbridge, but many choose to walk over Lakehead Hill and Bellever Tor to Dunnabridge Pound, returning via Laughter Tor. This walk is just over six miles, and you’ll pass tors, stone rows, cairn circles and more. Don’t worry if you don’t fancy a six mile journey - you can always return the way you came after visiting Bellever Tor.
If you start the walk at the Postbridge bus stop and follow the B3212 until you reach the road to Bellever. When you reach the entrance to Bellever Forest take the main track that heads left (there are three to choose from but the others can be quite muddy). Follow the path uphill to the right and you’ll reach a clearing on Lakehead Hill. Look for the circular area which includes the historic Kraps Ring enclosure.
If you carry on heading south in the direction of Bellever Tor you’ll be able to admire the views before heading back along one of the different forest paths.