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Nestled in the deep valley of the River Dart, a meeting point of the two major tributaries of the River, the East Dart and the West Dart. It provides a peaceful remote location from which to chill and relax.
On sunny days in the summer you’ll find the shallow section of river full of kids (and big kids like me) messing around between the rocks in the gentle flow.
Last time i was here I walked the short distance up to Badgers Holt and enjoyed a drink and they even had a mini zoo with animals some were in cages others allowed to roam like the chickens. However this time it seemed to be falling into disrepair all the cages were empty and the building was closed. I asked a member of staff what was happening and they told me it was about to undergo refurbishment and have a change of management.
When I find the time I shall have to return to see if they have brought this now tired and dying place back to life.
As for the river you can’t go wrong, always stunning no, matter what time of year. If you want to avoid the busy crowds I would suggest not going in the height of summer.
Dartmeet is at the centre of an internationally important archaeological landscape mainly due to its prehistoric field systems, delineated by reaves, which are among the best preserved in north west Europe.
The road bridge just above the East Dart was built in 1792 and just sitting to the side of it you’ll find a partially collapsed medieval clapper bridge (A clapper bridge is an ancient form of bridge). Dartmeet is the official put in for the Upper Dart section of the River Dart for whitewater kayakers and canoeists. The first documentary reference to the name (as Dartameet) was in a Duchy of Cornwall document dated 1616.
Halfway up Dartmeet Hill you will find the Coffin Stone. This was historically used by bearers to rest while on the way up the steep incline as they carried bodies for burial at Widecombe-in-the-Moor. There is a local legend that says the body of a wicked man was laid on the stone and God struck the stone with a thunderbolt in anger to destroy the coffin and split the stone in two.
- Enjoy a picnic
- Badgers Holt
- Two Bridges Hotel (10 min drive)
Yelverton PL20 6SG. Dartmeet lies just south of Postbridge and Bellever Tor, on the main road from Ashburton to Princetown.