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Walking the Dartmoor Way

109-mile hike around Dartmoor National Park

Guide to the Dartmoor Way, a waymarked 175km (109 mile) circular walking route around the edge of Devon's beautiful Dartmoor. Presented in 10 stages (plus the High Moor Link which can be used to create two shorter loops), the route takes in wooded valleys, sparkling streams, moorland, farmland and attractive towns and villages.


Ideal in the 'shoulder' months: wild flowers, lambs and foals in spring; rusty bracken moorland, colourful oak woods and diverse fungi in autumn. Expect cooler and wetter weather in autumn and winter.


Ivybridge, South Brent, Buckfastleigh, Ashburton, Bovey Tracey, Manaton, Moretonhampstead, Chagford, South Zeal, Sticklepath, Belstone, Okehampton, Sourton, Lydford, Mary Tavy, Peter Tavy, Tavistock, Yelverton, Cornwood, Holne, Hexworthy, Princetown


Includes short but steep ascents and descents, but the route is well signed and split into easily manageable day walks. Alternative low-level routes listed for days when visibility is poor, and navigation may be a challenge.

Must See

Dartmoor National Park; Redlake Tramway; Buckfast Abbey; Haytor Rocks and the Haytor Granite Tramway, built in 1820; the Teign Gorge; Cranbrook Iron Age hillfort; Castle Drogo; Belstone Cleave and the Taw River; Okehampton castle; Meldon Viaduct and bluebell woodland; Dartmoor's highest point, High Willhays; Lydford Castle; The Dewerstone; Lee Moor china clay workings; Princetown's Napoleonic prison
4 May 2023
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.25cm

A guidebook to walking the Dartmoor Way. Covering 175km (109 miles), this long-distance circular trek exploring Devon’s Dartmoor National Park can be hiked in 10 days and is suitable for walkers of most abilities.

The route is described anticlockwise from Ivybridge in 10 stages, each between 12 and 21km (8–13 miles). Each stage includes low-level detours in case of bad weather, as well as details of walking the route in reverse. The 2-stage, 37km (23 mile) High Moor Link is also described.

  • 1:50,000 OS maps included for each stage
  • GPX files available to download
  • Detailed information on facilities, public transport and accommodation on route
  • Advice on planning and preparation

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Sue Viccars Cicerone author VICCARS

By Sue Viccars

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.

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