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Highlights of Dartmoor & Exmoor

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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.

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.

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 holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Half board en suite accommodation
      All transport necessary to and from the walks and transport to the second centre.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

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.

This departure: Grade 5

  1. Day 1

    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. 

  2. Day 2

    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.

  3. Day 3

    Scorriton to Bennet's Cross. 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.  

  4. Day 4

    Bennet's Cross to Drewesteignton. 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.

  5. Day 5

    Hawkridge to Simonsbath. 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.

  6. Day 6

    Simonsbath to Lynmouth. 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.

  7. Day 7

    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. 

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

The White Hart Hotel

We stay at the three star The White Hart Hotel for the first 3 nights of this holiday. 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. 

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.