Dartmoor Way

Dartmoor Way

A circular walk beginning and ending in Ivybridge.

5 to 12 nights
65-110 miles
Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous

From £670 per person

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About the trail

Book your walking holiday around the Dartmoor Way, a well-signposted circular route beginning and ending in Ivybridge. Fully overhauled in 2020, this long-distance lowland trail interweaves wild walking through the outskirts of Dartmoor National Park — including moorland, wooded valleys and impressive views to bulky tors — with jaunts through the stone-built towns and tiny hamlets that nestle at the park’s edge. Over footpaths, bridleway and old drovers’ roads, the Dartmoor Way visits hilltop churches, prehistoric stones and nature reserves, with wild ponies roaming the moors.

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About this route

8 to 12 nights
110 miles
Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous
2nd January to 24th December

From £1010 per person

Dartmoor Way

Walk the full Dartmoor Way and circumnavigate Dartmoor National Park, passing through wooded valleys and over bright streams that thread through the moors. Footpaths, bridleway and deep drover roads explore wild spaces, crossing through gorse, bracken and nature reserves full of scented flowers and moorland birds. The trail is well-signposted throughout, with stunning views over Dartmoor’s imposing limestone tors.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
DARW1 A circular trail beginning at Ivybridge(T) 8 nights, 7 days walking Demanding / Strenuous £1010
DARW2 A circular trail beginning at Ivybridge(T) 10 nights, 9 days walking Moderate / Demanding £1250
DARW3 A circular trail beginning at Ivybridge(T) 12 nights, 11 days walking Moderate £1490

Dartmoor Way 8 nights, 7 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
  • Holiday Highlights
Start

Travel to Ivybridge(T) where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Ivybridge(T) to Buckfastleigh. 17 miles (27km) / 2346 ft (715 m) ascent

Day 2

Buckfastleigh to Bovey Tracey. 16.5 miles (26.5km) / 2198 ft (670 m) ascent

Day 3

Bovey Tracey to Chagford. 18 miles (28.5km) / 2369 ft (722 m) ascent

Day 4

Chagford to Okehampton. 12 miles (19km) / 1499 ft (457 m) ascent

Day 5

Okehampton to Mary Tavy. 14 miles (22km) / 1204 ft (367 m) ascent

Day 6

Mary Tavy to Yelverton. 17 miles (27km) / 1575 ft (480 m) ascent

Day 7

Yelverton to Ivybridge(T). 16 miles (25.5km) / 1585 ft (483 m) ascent

Finish

Depart from Ivybridge(T) after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£65.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£55.00 per person / per night


You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Chagford)
£70.00 per person / per night
Standard
Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays Dartmoor Way map
Ivybridge
110 miles (176 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Experiencing the real scale of Dartmoor’s granite tors, huge stone outcroppings that tower over the trail, at Haytor Rocks.

Wandering through Dartmoor’s hugely open spaces.

Discovering the area’s entangled mix of wilderness and old human activity in mines, quarries and farmland.

What's included?

  • 8 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

The market town of Buckfastleigh offers plenty to see and do, should you choose to spend an extra night here. Hailed as one of the most diverse towns in south Devon, Buckfastleigh dates back to the 11th century, having established itself around the impressive Benedictine Abbey. Its medieval layout is still evident today, interspersed with more modern shops and eateries to produce a lovely base from which to explore the wider area.

Packed with facilities and attractions to sate any outdoor enthusiast, Okehampton is a bustling market town worthy of further exploration. The picturesque Okehampton Castle is the star of the town, overlooking the local nature reserve and its network of beautiful woodland trails. Okehampton also boasts a range of enticing shops nestled amongst beautiful architecture, including the Victorian Arcade and Red Lion Yard, offering plenty of retail therapy opportunity during your walk.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Chagford)
£70.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 109.5 miles (175.5 km)
Duration: 8 nights, 7 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 12 miles (19 km)
Maximum daily distance: 18 miles (28.5 km)
Code: DARW1 Grade: Demanding / Strenuous
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Ivybridge(T)
End of holiday: Ivybridge(T)

Route Profile

Dartmoor Way Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Exeter and Newquay.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Ivybridge).

By Bus - Various buses run to and from Ivybridge.

From London - Trains runs from London Paddington station to Ivybridge.

Return To The Start - The Dartmoor Way is a circular tour beginning and ending in Ivybridge.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.