The Two Moors Way
Devon's Coast to Coast: Wembury Bay to Lynmouth
By Sue Viccars
Guidebook to walking Devon's Coast to Coast, a 117 mile route incorporating the Two Moors Way and a section of the Erme-Plym Trail. Beginning at Wembury Bay on the south coast and finishing at Lynmouth, the walk passes through the beautiful countryside of Dartmoor and Exmoor. A map booklet of the full route on OS 1:25K maps is included.
SeasonsLate spring to early autumn. Spring brings warm days and stunning displays of wildflowers, foals on the moors and lambs in the fields; in late summer purple heather covers the hills; in autumn the wooded valleys glow with beech and oak in stunning autumn leaf.
CentresIvybridge, Chagford, Morchard Bishop, Witheridge, Withypool and Lynmouth. The route passed through few places of any significant size, so pre-planning accommodation and supplies is essential.
DifficultyThe route is suitable for competent walkers, and can be divided into shorter or longer stages if required. Devon is a hilly county, but there are few long and steep ascents/descents. Parts of the Mid Devon stretch can be very muddy in winter. Navigational skills will be required for both moorland stages in bad weather/poor visibility.
Must SeeDartmoor's wide open spaces, home to hill ponies, granite tors and Bronze Age relics. Exmoor's sandstone moorland and towering sea cliffs. Narrow-hedged lanes, historic farmsteads and remote churches in quiet, rural Mid Devon.
This guidebook to walking Coast to Coast across Devon, presents a 117 mile route incorporating the Two Moors Way and a section of the Erme-Plym Trail. Beginning at Wembury Bay on the south coast and finishing at Lynmouth, the 11-stage walk passes through the beautiful Devon countryside and across two of southwest England’s magnificent moorlands, Dartmoor and Exmoor. The schedule can be adjusted to give a one-week walk, or a more leisurely pace if preferred, and the book includes low-level bad-weather alternative routes for some moorland stretches.
A full route description is given for walking the route from south to north, with a summary description for walking in the opposite direction. 1:50,000 map extracts show the route and there is lots of practical information on public transport, refreshments and accommodation to make day-by-day planning simple.
A map booklet showing the full route on OS 1:25K maps is included with this guide.
The county of Devon incorporates a wonderful range of landscapes, from the rolling fields of South Devon and the narrow-hedged lanes of Mid Devon to the wild, wide-open spaces of Dartmoor, home to hill ponies, granite tors and Bronze Age relics. To the north, Exmoor’s sandstone moorland sweeps down to the sea, and lofty coastal hills tower over the Bristol Channel.
History of the route
Geology and landscape
When to go
Planning the walk
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 Two Moors Way – Devon’s Coast to Coast
Stage 1 Wembury to Yealmpton
Stage 2 Yealmpton to Ivybridge
Stage 3A Ivybridge to Holne (low-level route)
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 Useful contacts
Appendix B Selected accommodation
Appendix C Stamp stations
Appendix D Further reading
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Stage 3: the marker stone at Crossways referred to on pp72-3 (Stage 3) should be in position by the end of April 2019.
Stage 3/3A/4:The Church House Inn Holne (passport stamp station) is closed.
Stage 3/3A/4: Holne Tearoom (not the Village Stores) is closed on weekdays in winter.
Stage 3A: The Oak South Brent is closed.
Stage 3A: Crumbs & Cuppa South Brent has been renamed The Rowan Tree Café.
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After gaining a degree in Geography and Archaeology at Exeter University Sue Viccars worked for a London map publisher before grabbing the chance to return to Devon, where she spent 20 years commissioning walking, equestrian and countryside books for David & Charles Publishers. She received her first walking book commission three weeks after going freelance in 2000 and since then has written or contributed to around 20 books (and edited dozens more), specialising in her home territory of southwest England, with particular reference to Dartmoor and Exmoor. She writes the walks for Exmoor: the country magazine, and has been editor of Dartmoor Magazine since 2008.View Articles and Books by Sue Viccars