Walking | Dartmoor and West Devon

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Walking - Dartmoor & West Devon

Whether you're looking for a challenging trek across windswept moors, or just a relaxing stroll through secluded woods, you've come to the right place. Dartmoor has it all. You can blaze your own trail, or follow one of the many planned routes in leaflets and books (including family routes designed to put the children in charge!) lasting from an hour to a full day. Unspoilt beauty, peace and tranquillity there are walks to suit everyone.


Suggested Routes
Walking on Dartmoor is excellent. Different tastes and experiences are catered for. For the less demanding walker there are car parks from which brief, pleasant excursions can be made. For the more hardened explorer many miles over hard ground can be tramped in challenging conditions. For a wide choice of walking routes see:www.richkni.co.uk/dartmoor/index.html

Many of the reservoirs in the area provide wonderful opportunities to walk and see wildlife. There is Roadford ½ way between Launceston and Okehampton with water sports and a restaurant, Burrator near Yelverton which has a road around which is used by all for walking, Meldon reservoir near Okehampton has a circular footpath that partly follows an old leat for the more able or a surfaced accessed road suitable for wheelchairs and Fernworthy Reservoir near Chagford has a gentle landscape, where there are a number of way marked walks to choose from around the lake and forest, seats and information panels are along the way.

Long distance trails :-

Two Moors Way
, running for just over 100 miles between Ivybridge in the south to Lynmouth in the north, linking the National Parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor .

Dartmoor Way ;- is an ideal way to explore some of the les well known parts of Dartmoor at any time of the year. This circular route of over 90 miles offers generally easy walking through fantastic variety of scenery all set around the moorland edge.

West Devon Way
;- this path covers 36 miles between the market town of Okehampton and the historic city of Plymouth . The route takes in stunning moorland landscapes, quiet rural paths and superb river valleys, skirting the western edge of Dartmoor for most of its length.

Two castle Trail
;- The two Castle Trail is a route of 24 miles linking the medieval castles of Okehampton and Launceston. It passes through a variety of landscapes, including moorland in the eat, woodland and river valleys and a s well as the two castles themselves also gives insights into a wealth of historic interest along the way. These include a wooden hilltop Iron Age fort, the site of DWalking on Dartmoorark Age battle between Saxons and Celts and the Victorian home of Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould who wrote the hymn ‘Onward Christian Soldiers'. The route is generally easy walking with one or two short climbs.

Tamar Valley Discovery Trail
;-This route take sin some 30 miles of the valley of the Tamar, the historic border between Saxon Devon and Celtic Cornwall. It links the edge of Plymouth in the south, with its historic maritime associations with Launceston, just over the county boundary, the ancient capital of Cornwall .

Short walks:-

Lydford gorge, Lydford, Dartmoor .

Spectacular gorge walk incl.90ft white lady waterfall, whirlpools and devils cauldron. Shop and tearoom. Tel 01822 820 320.

Fingle bridge walk 3 ½ miles;- walk through one of Devon's deeply wooded valleys on the edge of Dartmoor, passing Castle Drogo, the last castle to be built in England, completed in 1930.

Widecombe in the Moor;- two walks, one being 3 ½ miles, 2 hours easy and the second 8 miles 4 hours strenuous. Delightful walking combining high, wild moorland with tranquil leafy lanes. Highlights include prehistoric Grimspound, imposing tors, and the fascinating village of Widecombe . Ordnance Survey map out door leisure No 28.

Useful books and leaflets.

To order your copy of discover Devon walking (walking trails in Devon), Two Moors Way, Tamar Valley Trail, Two Castles Trail or the West Devon Way, phone 0870 608 5531. Also available cycling trails in Devon and gardens;- 46 beautiful gardens to enjoy.

Devon and Cornwall walks and cycle routes. Short break guides, produced by Howling Monkey.

Collins ramblers guide – Dartmoor by Richard Sale.

Footloose Pocket guides 01271 850 662.




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