I’ve been lucky to become an annual visitor to Dartmoor and its beguiling National Park, however perhaps unintentionally I’ve become a creature of habit, often revisiting our favourite beauty spots time and again. In truth I thought we knew the area rather well, but it turns out there are still a few hidden pockets on the hillside that we still haven’t discovered, which made for a most welcome surprise on our latest visit a few weeks back as we embraced another ‘year of the staycation’.
Set against an enchanting backdrop, in a vast and undulating ancient valley lie Becky Falls, an attraction which has been said to have welcomed visitors for more than 100 years and yet I had only just heard about it. Maybe that is part of the secret to preserving this natural beauty spot, regardless it proved to be a gem of a find, even whilst persevering through a heavy summer downpour.
It is told that this primeval landscape was carved out from the last Ice Age over 12,000 years ago, creating a real Jurassic feel quite opposed to the usual undulating tors that surround the fertile Bovey valley. Becky Falls sits at 70ft high within the heart of the park and sets the scene within minutes of entering the boulder strewn valley, providing a striking feature both the start and end the trail.
From the heightened falls, Becka Brook can be found running the length the beautiful Bovey valley, weaving in and out of the scattered granite boulders and creating a collection of smaller falls along its descent. There are three coloured trails to choose from around the 50 plus acres of captivating woodland, offering a gentler pace or more of a scramble on rugged terrain for those embracing the challenge.
For younger children or older visitors it worth noting that some areas of the path may prove slippery or steep in parts, especially after recent rainfall like we experienced. However, aside from the trail there is also a small menagerie of animals that all ages can enjoy before taking to the trail, as well as a shop and café in which to rest your legs after your ascend back up the valley.