The Two Moors Way Stamp Trail
In 2006, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Two Moors Way, two journalists set up a stamp trail along the whole route. Sue Viccars tells us more.
Any long-distance walk from point-to-point brings with it a special sense of achievement, and a coast-to-coast is even better. Just look at the popularity of such routes as Wainwright’s Coast to Coast, devised in the 1970s, from St Bees Head in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire, or – more recently – the Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail, from Bowness-on-Solway to Wallsend on the Tyne.
But what about an option further south? Devon is England’s third-largest county – allowing for a walk of over 100 miles (160km) – and is also the only one where the south and north coasts are separate and markedly different in character. And, being an essentially rural county and home to two of southwest England’s unspoiled, magnificent and greatly contrasting moorlands – the granite heights of Dartmoor in the south, and softer Exmoor in the north – Devon can offer a route that takes walkers far off the beaten track for complete immersion in this most delightful of counties.
The Two Moors Way was officially opened on 29 May 1976 and, in 2005, was officially linked with a section of the Erme–Plym Trail to form Devon’s Coast to Coast route, running on to Wembury on the south coast. And although the complete route has now been up and running for ten years, people still tend to talk about it as ‘the Two Moors Way – with that extra bit to the sea tacked on’!
In 2006, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Two Moors Way (and its extension to Wembury to form the Devon Coast to Coast), two Radio Devon journalists set up a stamp trail along the whole route.
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Stamp Station Locations (September 2023)
Please note: you may have to check opening hours before arriving.
- Wembury – The Old Mill Café
- Yealmpton – Nelli’s Village Café
- Ivybridge – The Watermark, Erme Court
- Holne – Community Shop and Tea Room and The Church House Inn
- Drewsteignton – PO & Stores and The Drewe Arms
- Morchard Bishop – Church Street Stores & Cafe and The London Inn
- Witheridge – Two Moors Store
- Knowstone – The Masons Arms and inside the church porch
- Withypool – Village Shop and Tea Rooms
- Simonsbath – Simonsbath House Hotel and Exmoor Forest Inn
- Lynmouth – Lynmouth Pavilion, Exmoor National Park Centre
There are also logbooks at The Old Mill Café in Wembury, The Watermark in Ivybridge and Lynmouth Pavilion National Park Centre.
You can view the Two Moors Way website for more information on the route.
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