Hameldown is a good walk over a part of Dartmoor giving impressive views on a clear day. Today it was a bit misty though.
Being a 40 minute drive from Torquay, we parked in the car park at Widecombe In The Moor and started our walk by walking down Natsworthy Lane for about an hour. The lane is narrow and very quiet hardly saw any traffic only about 2 cars the whole time. Then turn off to the left and head up over to Hamaldown.
A shord distance up the hill you come to the war crash site where on 22nd March 1941 a Royal Air Force Bomber from 49 Sqdn Scampton crashed returning from France killing the 4 crew members. The Memorial stone bears their initials.
Continuing up over the moor it is quite a steep climb until it levels out then it is a lovely long walk across Hameldown with fantastic views on clear days. Eventually descending down and through a narrow lane that is really a small river bed! you get back to Widecombe – greeted by the view of the Widecombe Church.
The walk takes about 3 hours in total.