Emsworthy Mire

Dartmoor National Park, Devon, England

The trail:

  • Location: Dartmoor National Park, Devon, England
  • Categories: Spring / Summer / Autumn / Human continental / Highland / Foothill / Plain / Wood / Rural / Stream
  • Duration: 2-4 hours
  • Distance: 1-3 miles

Walking the trail:

  • Summary: Enjoy a leisurely walk around the ruins of an old moorland farm abandoned since the 1870s, set among a sloping valley of grand stone Tors. Best enjoyed in early summer when thousands of bluebells are in bloom!

Here is a lovely little nature reserve I stumbled across in Dartmoor National Park, Emsworthy Mire Nature Reserve.

Just West of Haytor Rocks is this old stone walled enclosure full of wildlife, moorland farm ruins and in spring thousands of bluebells! Surrounded by the stone tors of Haytor and Saddle Tor its a really beautiful sight. If you have never been to Dartmoor before this is a great introduction to what the national park has to offer, i thoroughly recommend making the trip!

The main entrance is off the B3387 on the road between Widecombe-in-the-Moor and Bovey Tracey, post code TQ13 7TT. Park up in the small car park (Saddle Tor South car park) and walk immediately North West along the fence line and you then come to the sign post (see photo) which is the entrance.

There is a main path that runs through the middle of the mire but generally you can walk anywhere as long as you're not walking on any of the plants etc.

Heres a link to the offical web site.


Any questions on the route feel free to message.