Wheal Betsy mime Dartmoor, Devon Photography Locations #10

Wheal Betsy mine lies on the stunning Dartmoor National park area of Devon, not far from Tavistock, it lies at grid reference SX510813

Wheal Betsy is an old Lead Silver mine that was worked since the late 1700's, Copper, Tin and Arsenic were also mined here, but it became prosperous for its Silver and Lead which allowed it to run for several hundred years until it was finally shut around 1877, It was saved from demolition by the army via a petition in the 1950's and now is a national trust building..

Wheal Betsy is a great place to visit for sweeping views of Dartmoor that involve bits of its old architecture and industrial history, although it sits in a bit of a dip, the scenery here is still very photogenic.

Good for: Unique composition involving Dartmoor and old industry, great for panoramic shots, just a great place to visit with its unique ridgeline

Difficulty: 5 min easy walk from the lane that runs down from the main road. There isn't a very good carpark, you just have to find a space.

The mine is approx 15 mins from Tavistock or 40 mins from Bovey Tracey by car, you might see the top of the mine form the road first depending on direction.


Location: From the carpark walk upto the mine, the car parking location is before a farm and it may not be 100% public land, however I don't believe there is an issue parking there, small paths exist from the parking location to the mine.

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