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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  • Dartmoor Way Highlights

About this route

5 to 7 nights
65 miles
Moderate / Demanding to Demanding
2nd January to 24th December

From £670 per person

Dartmoor Way Highlights

The Dartmoor Way Highlights walking holiday explores the southern edge of the Dartmoor National Park but departs the route of the full Dartmoor Way to head west into the heart of the moors between Buckfastleigh and Tavistock on the High Moorland Link Path.

Through woodland and across deep valleys, the trail climbs to follow an old railway line once used for exporting granite, with stunning views over Dartmoor’s rocky tors. The walk heads onward and upward to high, exposed moorland and gorse common clipped by Dartmoor ponies, rejoining the southward sweep of the Dartmoor Way at Tavistock to cross downs and moors on the way back to Ivybridge.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
DARWH1 A circular trail beginning at Ivybridge(T) 5 nights, 4 days walking Demanding £670
DARWH2 A circular trail beginning at Ivybridge(T) 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate / Demanding £935

Dartmoor Way Highlights 5 nights, 4 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
  • Holiday Highlights

Important information

This tour is available to book all year, however out of season from November to March, there may be a small supplement for luggage moves, which will be moved by taxi rather than the usual luggage courier.


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 Princetown. 15 miles (24km) / 2884 ft (879 m) ascent

Day 3

Princetown to Yelverton(L). 16.5 miles (26.5km) / 1148 ft (350 m) ascent

Day 4

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


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
© Contours Walking Holidays Dartmoor Way Highlights map
65 miles (104 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Ascending the High Moorland Link Path into truly remote moorland wilderness.

Spending each night in one of Dartmoor’s historic towns.

Passing close to multiple granite tors, including Sharp Tor, Ash Tor, Ingra Tor and Rook Tor, amongst many others.

What's included?

  • 5 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.

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

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

Tour Facts

Total distance: 65 miles (104 km)
Duration: 5 nights, 4 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 15 miles (24 km)
Maximum daily distance: 17 miles (27 km)
Code: DARWH1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Ivybridge(T)
End of holiday: Ivybridge(T)

Route Profile

Dartmoor Way Highlights 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 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.