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.

Choose your route

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

About this route

4 to 6 nights
45 miles
Moderate to Demanding
2nd January to 24th December

From £495 per person

Two Moors Way - Exmoor Section

Visit lovely mid-Devon villages as you tour through the rolling moorland and rugged coastline of the Exmoor National Park. This section of the Two Moors Way combines low- and high-level walking to enjoy wonderful views over Dartmoor and Exmoor.

Lush wetlands embrace the trail along the Little Dart River, abundant with plant and animal life. Within Exmoor itself, majestic red deer and the famous Exmoor ponies graze on beautiful gold moorland. The dramatic hogs back cliffs march down to the sea at the walk’s end in Lynmouth.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
DCCE0 From Morchard Bishop(T) to Lynmouth 4 nights, 3 days walking Demanding £495
DCCE1 From Morchard Bishop(T) to Lynmouth 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate / Demanding £615
DCCE2 From Morchard Bishop(T) to Lynmouth 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate £735

Two Moors Way (Devon's Coast to Coast) - Exmoor Section 4 nights, 3 days walking

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

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

Day 1

Morchard Bishop(T) to Knowstone(L). 15 miles (24km) / 1444 ft (440 m) ascent

Day 2

Knowstone(L) to Withypool. 12 miles (19km) / 1801 ft (549 m) ascent

Day 3

Withypool to Lynmouth. 17.5 miles (28km) / 2110 ft (643 m) ascent

Finish

Depart from Lynmouth 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
Standard
Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays Two Moors Way - Exmoor Section map
Morchard Bishop to Lynmouth
45 miles (71 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Visiting the pretty Devonshire villages of Morchard Bishop, Black Dog and Knowstone.

Spotting the rare species scattered around Exmoor, including the Exmoor Pony, fritillary butterflies and Peregrine Falcons.

Arriving in Lynmouth where the sea replaces the wild expanse of Exmoor.

What's included?

  • 4 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

If you would like to spend an extra day exploring what Devon has to offer, consider taking an extra night in the pretty village of Lynmouth, at the junction and estuary of the East and West Lyn rivers. At the gateway to the Exmoor National Park, the village offers a variety of small shops and cafes, dramatic clifftops and the water powered, Victorian Cliff Railway.

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

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

Tour Facts

Total distance: 44.5 miles (71 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 12 miles (19 km)
Maximum daily distance: 17.5 miles (28 km)
Code: DCCE0 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Morchard Bishop(T)
End of holiday: Lynmouth

Route Profile

Two Moors Way (Devon's Coast to Coast) - Exmoor 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 cities and international airports are Plymouth, Exeter and Bristol International Airport.

By Rail - There are two railway stations near the start of the trail, Morchard Road (about 3 miles away) or Copplestone (about 4.5 miles away). The most convenient will depend on where your first night's 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. The nearest railway station to the end of the trail (Lynmouth/Lynton) is Barnstaple (about 20 miles away).

By Bus - There are no viable bus services to Morchard Bishop from Morchard Road/Copplestone stations, so a taxi would be required. There is an infrequent bus service to Morchard Bishop from Exeter, which only runs Monday to Saturday, so a taxi would be required on a Sunday. Buses run from Lynmouth/Lynton to Barnstaple, although there are only a couple on a Sunday, so a taxi would be required in between buses on a Sunday.

From London - Trains run regularly between London Paddington and Morchard Road/Copplestone/Exeter Central.

Return to Start - The easiest way to return to Morchard Bishop from Lynmouth/Lynton is to take a bus/taxi to Barnstaple railway station. From here, take the train to Morchard Road or Copplestone, completing the journey to Morchard Bishop by taxi.

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 - Exmoor Section

“I am knocking on 80 and Beth 77. A suitably strenuous walk but well within our capabilities. Wonderful countryside and enjoyably isolated. Just the sort of holiday we love best. Will look forward to doing more in this area, or elsewhere with Contours.”
Mr Carter, UK
“Outstandingly beautiful countryside, average daily mileage was just right.”
Mrs Higgins, UK
“Route is mostly very clearly marked. We hardly needed descriptions, which makes walking relaxed! Quality of B&B’s was very good with some excellent. We also enjoyed very good food.”
Mrs Bolk, Netherlands
“Very good walk, thanks, and managed to avoid the rain altogether.”
Mr Sharp, UK
“Always so well informed and excellent documentation.”
Miss Owsley, UK
“The Two Moors Way is a beautiful walk. All the arrangements worked very well.”
Mr Frostick, UK
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