Encounter Walking


The Two Moors Way

Two Moors Way Full Route -  Options for Fast, Standard, Relaxed and Slower Walkers

 

Grade of Walking

More information and examples of these walking grades

Notes on Mileage figures for the Two Moors Way

Over the years there has been little agreement on mileage figures for the Two Moor Way walking route. Previous guidebooks, signs on the ground and GPS measurements have all been at odds with each other by up to 10%. With the publication of the new Cicerone Guidebook in 2015 we have adopted the figures used there to be consistent with the guidebook as we provide this to all walkers. These are the most recently taken measurements and are also the most conservative figures.  Given the strenuous nature of the walk, particularly on the open moor sections, we feel these are the best to work with for planning your walk.

  Standard Route                                                   
Day 1  Ivybridge to Holne 13.5 miles Click Here
Day 2 Holne to Chagford 17 miles Click Here
Day 3 Chagford to Morchard Road 18 miles Click Here
Day 4 Morchard Road to Knowstone 19 miles Click Here
Day 5 Knowstone to Withypool 14.5 miles Click Here
Day 6 Withypool to Lynmouth 17.5 miles Click Here
  Daily Average 16.5  miles  

Longer days (Days 2,3,4 & 6) can be split into 2 days for these sections if you prefer - please ask for advice.

Add one day of 16.5 miles for the full Coast to Coast Walk from Wembury or Plymouth - CLICK HERE

  Fast Route  
Day 1  Ivybridge to Holne 13.5 miles Click Here
Day 2 Holne to Drewsteignton 22.5 miles Click Here
Day 3 Drewsteignton to Witheridge 23 miles                     Click Here
Day 4 Witheridge to Withypool 23 miles Click Here
Day 5 Withypool to Lynmouth 17.5 miles Click Here
  Daily Average 20 miles  

Add one day of 16.5 miles for the full Coast to Coast Walk from Wembury or Plymouth - CLICK HERE

  Relaxed Route  
Day 1 Ivybridge to Scorriton 12.5 miles (to Holne 13.5 miles) Click Here
Day 2 Scorriton  to Widecombe-in-the-Moor  8.5  miles (From Holne 7.5 miles) Click Here
Day 3 Widecombe-in-the-Moor to Drewsteignton 15 miles Click Here
Day 4 Drewsteignton to Morchard Road 12 miles Click Here
Day 5 Morchard Road to Witheridge 11 miles Click Here
Day 6 Witheridge to Knowstone 8.5 miles Click Here
Day 7 Knowstone to Withypool 14.5 miles Click Here
Day 8 Withypool to Lynmouth 17.5 miles Click Here
  Daily Average 12.5  miles  

Longer days (Day 3 and Day 8) can be split into 2 days for these sections if you prefer - please ask for advice

Add two 8 mile days for the full Coast to Coast Walk from Wembury or Plymouth - CLICK HERE

  Slower Route  
Day 1 Ivybridge to Scorriton 12.5 miles (to Holne 13.5 miles) Click Here
Day 2 Scorriton  to Widecombe-in-the-Moor  8.5  miles (From Holne 7.5 miles) Click Here
Day 3 Widecombe-in-the-Moor to Chagford 9.5 miles           Click Here
Day 4 Chagford to Drewsteignton 5.5  miles Click Here
Day 5 Drewsteignton to Morchard Road 12 miles Click Here
Day 6 Morchard Road to Witheridge 11 miles Click Here
Day 7 Witheridge to Knowstone 8.5 miles Click Here
Day 8 Knowstone to Withypool 14.5 miles Click Here
Day 9 Withypool to Simonsbath 6.5 miles Click Here
Day 10 Simonsbath to Lynmouth 11 miles Click Here
  Daily Average 10  miles  

Add two 8 mile days for the full Coast to Coast Walk from Wembury or Plymouth - CLICK HERE

The Devon Coast to Coast Walk Option  Those wanting to walk the full coast to coast route will take the optional Erme-Plym trail from Plymouth or Wembury to the start of the Two Moors Way in Ivybridge and should add 1 or 2 additional days for the extra 18 miles (Plymouth) or 16.5 miles (Wembury).

Coast Path and Moorland Optionview suggestions on combining all or part of the Two Moors Way with the South West Coast Path for a fully varied moors and coast walking experience.

Two Moors Way Short Breaks suggestions for Dartmoor

2 Moors Way Dartmoor National Park short walking breaks

- Std Walkers Route - Ivybridge to Morchard Road 3 days average 16 miles

- Relaxed Walkers Route - Ivybridge to Morchard Road 4 days average 12 miles

Perfect for those without the time to walk the full route, or where you want to complete the Two Moors Way in two stages. These options give you the highlights of the Dartmoor crossing, Hangershell Rocks, the Dart Valley, Grimspound and the mighty Castle Drogo gorge walk.

In between 3 or 4 nights in some of the enchanting Moorland villages such as Holne, Chagford, Widecombe-in-the-Moor and Drewsteignton. Easy transport connections in and out with trains to Ivybridge and from Morchard Road.

Exmoor Walking Breaks - South West Coast Path and Two Moors Way

Two Moors Way Short Breaks suggestions for Exmoor

- Std Walkers Route - Morchard Road to Lynmouth 3 days average 17 miles

-  Relaxed Walkers Route - Morchard Road to Lynmouth 4 days average 12.75 miles

For those with only a few days to spare this route takes you from the mid Devon heartland over mighty Exmoor, with wild deer, ponies and buzzards only for company as you cross the carpets of heather in the land of Lorna Doone.

Highlights include the ancient clapper bridge at Tarr Steps, the remote and wild upper Barle river and the source of the River Exe with a final dramatic descent to the coast down powerfull gorges to emerge on the South West Coast Path in North Devon.

On route some superb overnights including Withypool, the capital of Exmoor, Simonsbath and of course stunning Lynmouth to finish the "little Switzerland" of North Devon with its dramatic valley of the rocks.

Transport in by train to Morchard Road with transfers on to Barnstaple train station after completing the walk or even better take a few days extra along the coast to meet up with the train on our Moors and Coast Combination Walks from Morchard Road to Barnstaple (see below)

Moors and Coast Walking Holiday Combinations

North Devon Coast Path -  2 Moors Way Walking Holidays and Tarka Trail

For the ultimate in walking variety walk either Exmoor OR Dartmoor on the Two Moors Way before joining the South West Coast Path for some superb walking along the coastline. There are plenty of options but the following are tried and tested examples

Dartmoor and The Cornish Coast Path

Starting from the Jewel of the South Coast Harbours at Fowey walk the South West Coast Path through Looe to explore the maritime history of Plymouth before crossing Dartmoor on the Two Moors Way

Read about the South Cornwall Coast Path walking from Fowey to Plymouth

Valley of the Rocks Lynmouth SW Coast PathExmoor and The North Devon Coast Path

Cross Exmoor National Park from Morchard Road to Lynmouth on the Two Moors Way before heading through the Valley of the Rocks, Illfracombe and Woolacombe and into the Taw and Torridge estuaries to finish in Barnstaple.

Read about Somerset Coast Path walking from Lynmouth to Barnstaple

Exmoor and The Somerset Coast Path

Cross Exmoor National Park from Morchard Road to Lynmouth on the Two Moors Way before heading East on the first stages of the South West Coast Path to Minehead.

Read about the Somerset Coast Path walking from Lynmouth to Minehead.

 

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