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The Dartmoor Way Walking Holiday

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Getting to and from The Dartmoor Way

If you ask us for a quote we will include public transport or parking information to suit your walking holiday and for those booking we advise and assist in helping you to work out and book the best travel options for your walk.

As its a circular route you can start or finish the Dartmoor Way in any of the overnight locations so just ask if you have specific plans. However the easiest point to reach by public transport and the best starting location for ideal walking days is Buckfastleigh in South Devon as this leaves you starting with the more gentle day to Bovey Tracey and leaves the most dramatic Moorland sections to the end of the walk.

Travel to Dartmoor National Park for walking holidaysArrival and Departure from Buckfastleigh - Mainline fast Trains from London and the Midlands run regularly to Totnes station taking only 3 hours from London Paddington.

From outside the station in Totnes you can then catch one of the regular 1/2 hour buses to Buckfastleigh which run throughout the day.  However a far more interersting option is to take the South Devon Steam Railway. This runs from close by Totnes Mainline Train Station right the way into Buckfastleigh. There are regular services all day throughout the season and it only takes around 1/2 hour. You will arrive in style on a restored Steam Train that takes a delightful route up the River Dart Valley and finishes at the restored Victorian Station in Buckfastleigh which is well worth exploring in its own right.  Its a perfect start or end to your Dartmoor Way walk. See the website at the South Devon Steam Railway for more details or contact us for further advice.

Other options  -  For anyone wanting to start or finish at Okehampton there are regular buses from Exeter Station and those using Tavistock will arrive by Plymouth on the train and buses can be caught from outside the station. Regular buses also travel from both Exeter and Newton Abbot station to Bovey Tracey.   More remote locations (Lydford, Mary Tavy and Chagford) can also be reached from these stations by bus but take longer and have less connections - just ask for advice.

Getting to Dartmoor for overseas walkersArriving from Overseas - Those arriving from overseas will usually arrive in the UK at London Gatwick or London Heathrow airport from where you can catch trains to the trail from the airport.(see the train information above). Those arriving at London Heathrow will usually take a 1/2 hour underground train / overland train service into London Paddington to catch the fast inter city trains to Totnes in Devon taking around 3 hours from London Paddington. Then see above for details on getting to Buckfastleigh.

Internal Flights - There is also a regional airport at Exeter and you can catch internal flights from other UK airports as well as Heathrow and Gatwick. Once in Exeter a short bus ride connects you with the Train Service which you can use to reach Totnes in only 1/2 hour. See above under trains for getting to Totnes to Buckfastleigh but you can make the full journey from the airport in under 2 hours. Bristol airport may also be of use if you can find flights arriving there from overseas as this cuts the train journey from London in half.

Public Transport for Dartmoor National Park Arrival and Departure - National Express Coaches run from London to Totnes where you can catch the bus or Steam Railway (see above) for the short journey to Buckfastleigh and the start of the trail.

Coach travel is the cheapest way of arriving if you have the time and patience (but generally the service is much slower and less comfortable than the trains).

Other Options - National Express Coaches also run to Plymouth from where you can connect to Tavistock and you can also take a long distance coach to Newton Abbott where its a short bus ride to Bovey Tracey on the Dartmoor Way Route.

The Dartmoor Way Walking Holiday parking and transportLong Stay Parking is available in most locations - ask for details. Again the best option is generally Buckfastleigh which is the usual starting and finishing point on the Dartmoor Way and in addition is right on the main Devon Trunkroad the A38 and so very quick to reach by car half way between Exeter and Plymouth.  Okehampton makes another obvious choice as this is just off the main A30 route to Cornwall.

However you can start or finish pretty much anywhere on the route - just ask for advice.

For those on short breaks starting and finishing in different locations with a car,  we can advise on getting back to your car by public transport.  Places like Tavistock, Okehampton and Bovey Tracey are well served by bus services and there are less frequent options to Princetown, Lydford and Chagford. We are always able to quote on a private transfer back to your starting point for those in a hurry.

Contact us for for further travel advice and options to fit your particular itinerary and dates.


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