Buckland Beacon

One of Dartmoor’s famous features are the 10 commandment stones on Buckland Beacon near to Buckland in the Moor. I had never been there before so we headed out yesterday to find them. They are pretty easy to find – you park at the car park at Cold East Cross (SX740743) and then head south around the moorland wall to Buckland Beacon which is a prominent feature  – the walk is on around a mile.

Buckland BeaconBuckland Beacon looking south over Ausewell Wood

10 commandments

The two 10 commandment stones – see here for the full story of how they were carved (and why) by WA Clement in 1928.

10 commandments - detailAs you can see the carving deteriorates with time and becomes filled with lichens – the stone masonry was tidied up in 2009 by the DNPA to make it more visible – see here – but it may need doing again quite soon!

Jubillee stoneNearby on the Beacon is the Jubilee Stone from 1935 – that is now practically unreadable.

TeignmouthAmazing view down toward Teignmouth and Shaldon – you can see why this has been a beacon for millennia!

Welstor RockTo the east of the Beacon is Welstor Rock

Small heathNice to see a small heath butterfly on the way over to the Beacon – a classic Dartmoor species – the caterpillars feeds on moorland grasses

Bloddy nosed beetleWe found a bloody nosed beetle on the Beacon

English stonecropAlong with English stonecrop

DodderBy Welstor Rock there is a strong colony of greater dodder – a parasitic plant – you can the red / pink flowers along with its red stems growing on the gorse

3 thoughts on “Buckland Beacon

  1. The curious pile of boulders just to the east of Buckland Beacon at SX 7367 7304 is often associated with Welstor Rock but the far more prominent rock that can be clearly seen from the road below is the actual Welstor Rock which is located farther to the south-east at SX 7377 7295. Welstor Rock cannot actually be seen from Buckland Beacon.

      • Dear Adrian, Your photos, observations and applied knowledge in this and other such compositions are all first class and much appreciated. I am pleased to offer a minor contribution from my little ‘tor bagging’ diary of some 42000 words, (to date.) Kind regards, Chris

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