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Highlights of Dartmoor & Exmoor

The Two Moors Way forms most of Devon's coast to coast trail. It winds its way from the southern edge of Dartmoor to Lynmouth on the north coast.

From£799

  • England

  • 6 nights
  • Jun

Moderate

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Tour codes: 79776

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Moderate

Grade 5

Full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent.

The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground.

Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk in two different National Parks
  • Surround yourself in remote and beautiful countryside
  • Walk our favourite coast to coast sections in just five days
  • Pass through contrasting landscapes which have inspired many novels

The Two Moors Way forms most of Devon’s coast to coast trail. It winds its way from the southern edge of Dartmoor to Lynmouth on the north coast. Our highlights holiday covers the entire path across Dartmoor and Exmoor in five manageable sections, staying in two centres with all transport included so you can enjoy the Devon countryside with just a day pack.

It will strike anyone undertaking the walk how close the gentle landscape of southwest England’s farms, woodland streams, white washed pubs and thatched roofs are to the wild moorlands of heather and tussock grass. You’ll pass through these contrasting landscapes which have inspired novels as diverse as the Hound of the Baskervilles, Tarka the Otter and Lorna Doone.

It’s also a walk through history as along the way we’ll come across signs of Bronze Age settlements, weather-beaten Celtic crosses and the outlines of abandoned houses and villages.

We start in Ivybridge with three full days on Dartmoor. Omitting the section across mid-Devon which is outside either national park, we pick up the trail again in Hawkridge where it enters Exmoor. As we approach journey’s end at Lynmouth we enjoy spectacular views as the cliffs fall sharply towards the sea.

  • Half board en suite accommodation
  • All transport necessary to and from the walks and transport to the second centre
  • Services of a dedicated tour leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Independent arrival at The White Hart Hotel, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor. Check in is from 2pm. Your tour leader will meet you in the afternoon and there will be a briefing before dinner.

Day 2

Ivybridge to Scorriton

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    12.25 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    625/400m

We start at Ivybridge until we reach Scorriton. Ivybridge is the official starting point for this coast to coast route. The old Redlake Railway is followed for 6 miles north, through barren and lonely moorland. The route then traverses open country, crossing the River Avon via a 19th century clapper bridge and continue until we reach Scorriton.

Day 3

Scorriton to Bennet's Cross

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    12 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    1016/330m

This is a picturesque part of the route, dropping through woodland and rising again above the Dart Valley. Keep an eye out for Dartmoor ponies and Highland cattle on this stretch.

Day 4

Bennet's Cross to Drewesteignton

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    11 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    570/750m

We cross field paths and woodland tracks, pass ancient farmsteads on the way to Chagford Bridge, followed by an easy stretch, initially following the River Teign on its way to the spectacular Teign Gorge below Castle Drogo. The route then climbs along the top of the gorge with wonderful views and goodbye to Dartmoor.

Transport then takes us back to The White Hart Hotel to collect your luggage and cars if you arrived by car. If you arrived by public transport, we have arranged for transport to take you to The Exmoor White Horse Inn. If you arrived by car, please do not leave your car at The White Hart Hotel. Please transfer onto our second centre.

We are aware that this day is a long day with a drive to the second centre in time for your evening meal. We have chosen to arrange the holiday in this way, so as to keep the holiday price down as much as possible, reducing the need for an extra nights' accommodation and a baggage transfer service. 

Day 5

Hawkridge to Simonsbath

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    12 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    750m

From the ridgetop settlement of Hawkridge the trail descends to cross the medieval clapper bridge across the Barle. An easy riverside path then leads the walker all the way to the pretty village of Withypool followed by a route following the Barle river valley. The trail passes through moorland and farmland with great views down to the idyllic Landacre Bridge. The scenery gets more dramatic as we approach the iron age hillfort Cow Castle. We then follow the river to the small moorland village of Simonsbath.

Day 6

Simonsbath to Lynmouth

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    10 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    650m

The final section of the route crosses Exmoor's remotest and wildest country. This stage crosses the boundary of the Royal Forest, then passes historic Hoar Oak Cottage, built on the site of a medieval farmstead. This section enjoys wonderful views across the steep sided wooded valley of the East Lyn River as we approach Lynmouth.

Day 7

Departure Day

Meals

Breakfast

Farewells and independent check out of the hotel by 11am. We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you on another soon.

Departure dates for your selected tour

27th Jun 2020 - 3rd Jul 2020 (6 Nights)

Travel Details

There is NO car parking at the first hotel (The White Hart Hotel). The town has two car parks; one in Court Street and one in Station Road. A small hourly charge is made for parking and parking on Sunday is free of charge. There is some free, short term on road parking available, however we recommend you use the car parks to park.  

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

The White Hart Hotel

The first three nights of your holiday is based at the three star The White Hart Hotel. The hotel is a traditional old posting house at the centre of the small town of Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor. It dates back to 1639 and the historic Grade II listed building has been refurbished to provide all modern comforts within a traditional setting. There is a comfortable lounge with a log fire where you can relax with a drink, a cream tea, with the convenience of complimentary Wi-Fi. The hotel is in an ideal place for us to explore this beautiful area of Devon.

The hotel has 20 well appointed bedrooms in the main hotel building and 8 bedrooms in a separate mews building. Breakfasts and dinners are taken in the hotel and the restaurant features seasonal and local produce. When you check out on day 4 of this holiday, please leave your luggage with the reception staff who will keep it safe until we collect it after our day's walking.

Please note that there is no car park at the hotel (see more information in the travel section).

Exmoor White Horse Inn

We stay at the three star Exmoor White Horse Inn for the final 3 nights of this holiday. At the very heart of Exmoor, next to the bridge over the River Exe, is the Exmoor White Horse Inn in Exford. It is a traditional 16th century building with classic period features and has been family owned for generations. You can expect a warm and welcoming atmosphere, with rooms full of charm and character and delicious locally sourced meals served in their restaurant where you will have breakfasts and evening meals. The bedrooms each have their own style and you will stay in one of their Classic rooms either in the main building or the Lodge building.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 5 moderate holiday which includes full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent. The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding but equally rewarding. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' for more information.

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

To reach the hotel…

by car: Moretonhampstead is easily accessible by two major trunk roads. Follow the M5 westbound to the end of the motorway at Junction 31. Continue, and 3 miles further, the road divides into the A30 and A38. 

A30 - continue west following the signs to Okehampton until the Whiddon Down turnoff (approx 20 miles). Keep left and drive up through the village, past the services and at the roundabout turn left onto the A382 and continue south to Moretonhampstead (approx 8 miles). 

A38 - follow signs for Plymouth, bearing right after approx 2 miles where the dual carriageway splits to go to Torquay. Leave the dual carriageway at the junction for Newton Abbot and Bovey Tracey using the right hand lane, and follow signs to go right to Bovey Tracey and Moretonhampstead. Go straight across the next two roundabouts, bypassing Bovey Tracey and continue straight on along the A382 northbound to Moretonhampstead (approx 12 miles). 

There is NO car parking at the hotel. The town has two car parks; one in Court Street and one in Station Road. A small hourly charge is made for parking and parking on Sunday is free of charge. There is some free, short term on road parking available, however we recommend you use the car parks to park 

by rail: There are major train stations at Newton Abbot and Exeter (both 12 miles from Moretonhampstead) and Plymouth (26 miles). National and regional trains run regularly to all three stations all year round. For information about train times and services see www.nationalrail.co.uk or call National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50. 

We recommend you pre-book a taxi to take you from the station to the hotel. You could try the following companies; 

Mooreland Taxis (North Bovey) - 01647 441143

R S Taxis (Chagford) - 01647 279008

Chagford Taxis (Chagford) - 01647 433219

by bus: The bus 'terminus' in Moretonhampstead is at Court Street car park, with bus stops at the top of Ford Street, Station Road and wherever you politely ask the driver to stop. A regular bus service runs between Exeter and Moretonhampstead via Steps Bridge (no. 359) at two hourly intervals on a Saturday. The journey is one hour. 

You may also wish to look at the following website for advice on the best way to travel to the accommodation: www.rome2rio.com 

The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find our hotels. Details can be found at: www.theaa.co.uk and www.rac.co.uk 

Please check the time of dinner on arrival at the hotel, and aim to be in the hotel bar half an hour before dinner (approximately 7pm) for an introduction to your Ramblers Walking Holidays tour leader, an outline of the planned programme for your holiday and the chance to meet your walking companions.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

Passport Information for United Kingdom

Any non UK or EU citizens may be subject to passport, identity card or visa requirements to enter the United Kingdom.

Meals

We stay on a half board basis, with the first meal being dinner on the day of arrival and the last meal, breakfast, on the day of departure.  Picnic lunches are not included but can be purchased from the hotel or supplies can be purchased from local shops.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

National Trust & English Heritage

If you’re a member of either of these organisations don’t forget to bring your membership cards as this holiday may include sites relevant to these memberships or you may wish to visit any local sites on a free day should they be nearby.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)
OL20 South Devon
OL28 Dartmoor
OL9 Exmoor

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

Although not compulsory for British and EU citizens resident in the UK, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in the event of eventualities such as unexpected cancellation, accident or illness before your holiday or the loss of personal possessions.

Visitors who are not British Citizens (or who are not EU citizens resident in the UK), must be adequately insured to join our holidays and will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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