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 program, 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
Independent arrival at The White Hart Hotel, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor. Check in is from 2pm.
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. About 12.25 miles.
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. About 12 miles.
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. About 11 miles.
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.
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. About 12.5 miles.
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. About 11 miles.
Farewells and independent check out of the hotel by 11am.