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Walk the Two Moors Way through Dartmoor and Exmoor with a Cicerone Guidebook

Cover of The Two Moors Way
5 Jul 2017
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.1cm
1st Published
8 Jun 2015
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The Two Moors Way

Devon's Coast to Coast

by Sue Viccars
Book published by Cicerone Press

Guidebook to Devon's coast to coast walk, incorporating the Two Moors Way and Erme-Plym Trail and crossing Devon from Wembury Bay in the South Devon AONB on the south coast to Lynmouth in the north coast, passing through Dartmoor and Exmoor: 116 miles through remote and beautiful countryside. Ideal for a week's holiday.

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Guidebook to Devon's Coast to Coast route. The route is a combination of the well-established Two Moors Way with the Erme-Plym Trail. The route is described south to north, from Wembury on the south coast, up through Dartmoor and mid-Devon, through Exmoor to Lynmouth overlooking the Bristol Channel. The 116 mile route typically takes a week to walk, but suggestions are included for alternative more leisurely schedules.

While thousands of visitors flock to Devon every year, few leave the honeypots and coast, so walkers on the Two Moors Way are treated to beautiful and remote countryside, far from the crowds. The 116 mile route winds north from the coast, up past Ivybridge into the wilds of Dartmoor, where the path crosses the upper course of the River Dart, and passes through Dunstone Down and Chagford. The way through mid-Devon visits Witheridge and Knowstone before climbing onto Exmoor and into Somerset, before reaching the sea.

This guidebook combines clear route descriptions and OS map extracts with plentiful practical details on each stage of the route as well as advice on accommodation, facilities, and how to travel to and from the Way. Also included is a wealth of detail on the history, geology and wildlife along the way, as well as noting points of interest to enhance your walk.

  • Seasons
    May for bluebells and wild garlic in the hedgebanks; August for purple heather and bright yellow gorse on the moors; late October for glorious reds and oranges in valley woodlands and Exmoor's famous beech hedgebanks
  • Centres
    Wembury, Yealmpton, Ivybridge, Holne, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Chagford, Drewsteignton, Morchard Road, Morchard Bishop, Black Dog, Witheridge, Knowstone, Hawkridge, Withypool, Simonsbath, Lynmouth
  • Difficulty
    A moderate undulating walking route, made tougher by dividing it into fewer sections to give longer days; conditions underfoot may be muddy after wet weather, and a detour required on the Hawkridge-Withypool section in times of flood; waymarking is good other than on the moorland sections; when the cloud is down the use of map and compass is essential on the unavoidable Ivybridge-Holne section
  • Must See
    Wembury Bay and Marine Centre, South Devon AONB, South West Coast Path Dartmoor: granite tors, medieval tinworking, Bronze Age archaeology, Dartmoor ponies, Teign Gorge, Castle Drogo Devon's Heartland: farms, fields, woodland… rural Devon at its best Exmoor: Tarr Steps, Barle Valley, Simonsbath: heart of the ancient Forest of Exmoor, Exmoor ponies, red deer

August 2015

Page 49

Paragraph 1 “Head across the next field passing a footpath post”  This was not clear as the crops had grown up and the sign was in the middle of a field in the middle of the crops and only seen from another angle which was not apparent when needed.

Paragraph 3 “just before Bowden Farm turn right on a footpath, descending steeply”  (this should be opposite Bowden Farm turn left)


Page 54 Road is not the A3121 but minor road off it. Change to 'Cross a minor road…'

Pg 156- the flood was in 1952 not 1932.


History of the route
Geology and landscape
When to go
Planning the walk
Public transport
Getting there and getting away
What to take
Food and drink
Health and safety
Mobile phones and emergencies
Waymarking and access
Using this guide
The Route
Stage 1 Wembury to Yealmpton
Stage 2 Yealmpton to Ivybridge
Stage 3 Ivybridge to Holne
Stage 4 Holne to Dunstone Down
Stage 5 Dunstone Down to Chagford Bridge
Stage 5A Dunstone Down to Chagford Bridge (low-level route)
Stage 6 Chagford Bridge to Morchard Road
Stage 7 Morchard Road to Witheridge
Stage 8 Witheridge to Knowstone
Stage 9 Knowstone to Tarr Steps
Stage 10 Tarr Steps to Simonsbath
Stage 11 Simonsbath to Lynmouth
Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B Facilities along the Way
Appendix C Selected accommodation
Appendix D Useful contacts
Appendix E Stamp stations
Appendix F Further reading
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