Two Moors Way

Two Moors Way

Cross Devon on a coast to coast walking holiday through Dartmoor and Exmoor.

4 to 13 nights
45-114 miles
Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous

From £495 per person

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About the trail

The Two Moors Way is a walk of stunning contrasts. From the sandy beach of Wembury Bay, it combines the wild heather uplands of Dartmoor with the steep-sided river valleys and ancient oak woodlands of Exmoor. Together, these pathways through distinct landscapes form the Devon Coast to Coast, one of England’s most beautiful country-crossing routes.

Expect desolate, granite-pocked heathland in Dartmoor, and peaceful, oak-clad hillsides in Exmoor. A wealth of scattered farmsteads and sleepy villages of cob and thatched cottages dot the countryside, culminating in the lovely little harbour at Lynmouth.

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to experience the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

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  • Two Moors Way
  • Two Moors Way - Dartmoor Section
  • Two Moors Way - Exmoor Section

About this route

5 to 8 nights
69 miles
Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous
2nd January to 24th December

From £625 per person

Two Moors Way - Dartmoor Section

From the southern coast of Devon, this self-guided walking holiday passes through the granite tors and wild moorland of Dartmoor as it makes its way to the Devonshire village of Morchard Bishop. Beautiful rock pools and dramatic shoreline cliffs characterise the beach at Wembury.

As the trail leaves the sea behind, the valleys and broad heathland of Dartmoor surround it. Ancient huts and cairns dot the landscape, overseen by Castle Drogo near Drewsteignton. Winding, smooth trails tour the moors down to Morchard Bishop, where the walk concludes.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
DCCD0 From Wembury(L) to Morchard Bishop(T) 5 nights, 4 days walking Demanding / Strenuous £625
DCCD1 From Wembury(L) to Morchard Bishop(T) 6 nights, 5 days walking Demanding £750
DCCD2 From Wembury(L) to Morchard Bishop(T) 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate / Demanding £870
DCCD3 From Wembury(L) to Morchard Bishop(T) 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate £995

Two Moors Way (Devon's Coast to Coast) - Dartmoor Section 5 nights, 4 days walking

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

Travel to Wembury(L) where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Wembury(L) to Ivybridge(T). 16 miles (25.5km) / 1781 ft (543 m) ascent

Day 2

Ivybridge(T) to Scorriton. 12.5 miles (20km) / 1660 ft (506 m) ascent

Day 3

Scorriton to Chagford. 19 miles (30.5km) / 2674 ft (815 m) ascent

Day 4

Chagford to Morchard Bishop(T). 21.5 miles (34.5km) / 2343 ft (714 m) ascent

Finish

Depart from Morchard Bishop(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 Two Moors Way - Dartmoor Section map
Wembury to Morchard Bishop
69 miles (111 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Discovering the history of Dartmoor, including Castle Drogo, Grimspound and the largest collection of Bronze Age structures in the UK.

Spotting a wealth of plants and animals, including Dartmoor ponies, butterflies, birds of prey, otters and deer.

Uncovering the ghost stories surrounding the village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor.

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

 

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: 69 miles (110.5 km)
Duration: 5 nights, 4 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 12.5 miles (20 km)
Maximum daily distance: 21.5 miles (34.5 km)
Code: DCCD0 Grade: Demanding / Strenuous
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Wembury(L)
End of holiday: Morchard Bishop(T)

Route Profile

Two Moors Way (Devon's Coast to Coast) - Dartmoor Section 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 Bristol.

By Rail

The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Wembury) is at Plymouth (about 7.5 miles away). There are two railway stations near the end of the trail, Morchard Road (about 3 miles away) or Copplestone (about 4.5 miles away). The most convenient will depend on where your last nights accommodation is booked. However, Exeter Central/Exeter St David's are the nearest main line stations (about 14/15 miles away) and may be more convenient.

By Bus

Buses run to Wembury from Plymouth Monday to Saturday only, so a taxi would be required on a Sunday. There are no viable bus services from Morchard Bishop to Morchard Road/Copplestone stations, so a taxi would be required. There is an infrequent bus service from Morchard Bishop to Exeter Monday to Saturday only, so a taxi would be required on a Sunday.

From London

Trains run from London Paddington station to Plymouth. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Wembury.

Return to Start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a taxi from Morchard Bishop to Morchard Road or Copplestone station. From there trains run to Plymouth. Then take a bus/taxi to Wembury.

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.

Customer reviews from the Two Moors Way - Dartmoor Section

“We had a great holiday, thanks for organising it all.”
Ms Kirk, UK
“Perfect organisation with perfect weather. Our favourite part of the route was the high Moor areas with the panoramic views, the ancient burial mounds, standing stones and settlements along with the river valleys. Only came across one bull in a field and we had to persuade him to back out of a kissing gate!”
Mr Turner, UK
“Great experience, lovely weather.”
Mrs Stirrett, UK
“Excellent walk, and all arrangements went without a hitch. Route is very rewarding and not too difficult, although people need to be aware that accommodation and other facilities such as shops, cafes and transport are quite limited. Hope to complete the second half of this walk next year.”
Mr Farndon, UK
“All accommodation was very good. Trail to accommodation transfers worked very well.”
Mr Bednall, UK
“The Dartmoor National Park section was our most difficult walk to date with few waymarkings, paths which clearly have little use making it difficult to pass and areas where there is no path but wonderful scenery when it wasn't raining. Overall a very enjoyable holiday.”
Mrs Pitt, UK
“We enjoyed it very much, for us at 78 and 75 it was a real challenge. Crossing the national park section with compass and GPS was quite exciting. We hope to walk the Exmoor section later this year and will use you again in the future.”
Mr Carter, UK
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