A collection of walks, discoveries, insights and pictures of exploring Dartmoor National Park
July 25, 2021
Boundstones on Southern (Moorland Section) of Belstone Parish Boundary
The parish of Belstone is roughly triangular in shape and and is recorded as covering 2.7 square miles. It rises from a low point of 190 metres on the East Okement river at Fatherford to around 440 metres at Lower Tor. The parish (except for a tiny portion at Fatherford), lies within the Dartmoor National Park. This post covers the southern part of the parish boundary between the Rivers Taw and East Okement on the open moorland section. The information for this post comes from “Book of Belstone (2002)” by Chis and Marion Walpole and “Dartmoor Boundary Markers (2nd Edition)” by Dave Brewer.
From the Book of Belstone there is an interesting account of the beating the bounds from 16th July 1958, viz: “……..of the 200 who set out only about 50 finished the gruelling course, soaked to the skin, tired, but still happy. Piloting them round was 66 year-old Mr Frank Kelly, a retired gardener and one of the oldest members of the party. “I have done the trip seven or eight times before, but this was the worst ever from the point of view of weather” he said afterwards. Youngest of the beaters to complete the journey was seven year old Peter Bullen. At Taw Marsh, where the Duchy keeper, Mr J Endacott, was waiting to welcome them, the stream was fished by Mr C Robinson symbolising the commoners’ claims to fishing rights in the Forest. Mr Robinson caught a trout and this was later cooked and eaten by Master Kevin Woodward”.