One day in May 2011, we hauled a few thousand empty limpets from the south coast up 1,558 feet to the southern-most summit of Dartmoor to spell out its name: Shell Top. To read it in the flesh, track down the grid reference SX 598 638.
Place : Shell Top
Height : 475m (1,558ft)
View : One of Dartmoor’s finest – on a good day you can see beyond Plymouth Sound
Where to park : East Rook Gate
Nearest village : Cornwood (pub and post office)
Lovely loop walk (7 miles, 4 hours) : East Rook Gate – Penn Beacon (cairn) – Shell Top – Shavercombe Head – Yealm Head – Yealm Steps (waterfall) – Dendle’s Waste – Dendle’s Wood – East Rook Gate
GPS : 50.457233 N, 3.976434 W