Shilley Pool

Shilley Pool is a lovely spot on the eastern side of Dartmoor near to Cosdon Beacon. The stream from Raybarrow Pool drops down the hill to become Blackaton Brook, this enters a narrow valley and cascades over some lovely smooth rocks as it reaches Shilley Pool. These flat rocks mean that crossing the stream can be done easily if the water level is down, but they also make a good slide for the pool below. Just below these smooth rocks sits Shilley Pool, a dammed area of around a metre deep, that allows for some wild swimming should it take you. The river then continues on towards Gidleigh and the River Teign. There is a car park on the narrow road from South Zeal to Throwleigh which is the best spot to start up to this place.


Shilley Pool down below


Sliding into Shilley Pool


Shilley Pool in the sun


Water cascades down over the smooth rocks into the pool


Blackaton Brook as it enters Shilley pool, you can cross above the pool when the water is down