Dartmoor Way

A walking holiday through the historic landscape and villages of the Dartmoor National Park.

7 to 9 nights Moderate to Moderate/Demanding

From £595 per person

Dartmoor Way

Avoiding the wild expanses of the High Moors, the Dartmoor Way instead treads a circular route through the moorland fringe, full of lush river valleys, thickly-wooded gorges, and rolling downland studded with wind-hewn tors of granite.

It discovers a wealth of historical sites along the way, ranging from prehistoric settlements and castles to silver-lead mines and abandoned quarries. Free-roaming ponies are a frequent sight, too, while friendly villages offer local legends over pints from small breweries and home-cooked meals.

Dartmoor Way map
Circular trail beginning at Buckfastleigh
85 miles (135 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday Highlights

Exploring the historic landscape of Dartmoor, including mysterious stones such as Bowerman’s Nose, medieval crosses and fascinating castles such as those at Lydford, Okehampton and Castle Drogo.

Crossing the diverse landscapes of the Dartmoor National Park, from river valleys and quiet lanes to pretty villages and wild moorland.

Following the water alongside the River Bovey and River Teign as you approach Chagford.

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Dartmoor Way (7 nights, 6 days walking)
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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Travel info
  • Weather
Day 1

Travel to Buckfastleigh where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 2

Buckfastleigh to Bovey Tracey. 12 miles (19km)

Day 3

Bovey Tracey to Chagford. 16 miles (25.5km)

Day 4

Chagford to Okehampton. 13 miles (21km)

Day 5

Okehampton to Mary Tavy. 14.5 miles (23km)

Day 6

Mary Tavy to Princetown. 15 miles (24km)

Day 7

Princetown to Buckfastleigh. 14 miles (22.5km)

Day 8

Depart from Buckfastleigh 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.

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 walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

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 walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

Solo Walker Supplement
£30.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£20.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Chagford)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (South Zeal)
£65.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 7 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
  • 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

Taking an extra day can be the perfect way to extend your holiday, whether you plan to spend more time walking, visiting the area’s attractions or simply soaking up the atmosphere and resting your legs.

The market town of Bovey Tracey is a good choice for a rest day. Located beneath the famous Haytor and Hounds Tor and with the River Bovey running through, it is a wonderful place from which to explore the Dartmoor National Park. For those fond of history, the town has rich connections with Oliver Cromwell and the Civil War, as well as the intriguing story of William de Tracey. The town’s famous potteries can also be discovered in the museum at the House of Marbles.

Okehampton is another good choice for an extra night. With a range of shops, art galleries and the Museum of Dartmoor Life, there is plenty to discover in the town. Okehampton Castle is an essential attraction, with the remains of the largest castle in Devon overlooking the River Okement while there are a series of local walks for those who wish to absorb the stunning nature of the area.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Chagford)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 84.5 miles (135 km)
Duration: 7 nights, 6 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 12 miles (19 km)
Maximum daily distance: 16 miles (25.5 km)
Code: DARW1 Grade: Moderate/Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Buckfastleigh
End of holiday: Buckfastleigh

Travel Information

Detailed instructions on how to get to the start of the holiday and back from the end, are sent to you on booking. A summary is given below:

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

By Rail - The nearest rail station to Buckfastleigh is at Totnes (about 7.5 miles away).

By Bus - Various bus services run to and from Buckfastleigh.

From London - Trains run from London Paddington station to Totnes. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Buckfastleigh.

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

It is very easy to travel to the start (and return home from the end) of the holiday using public transport. Please click here for more information.

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.

Select Your Tour

Dartmoor Way (7 nights, 6 days walking)
Looking for a different itinerary? Choose from 2 tours on this route.
£595 per person