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1st March 2023 -    We are now fully booked on our coast path routes until the end of May but please send quote requests in for June onwards as there is availability for the rest of the year.  If you do plan to walk between now and June then our inland routes, Coleridge Way, Mendip Way, Saints Way  Dartmoor Way and Two Moors Way still have availability for most dates so please get in touch.

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 Ivybridge in South Devon as this sits on the main rail line from London Paddington to Plymouth

Travel to Dartmoor National Park for walking holidaysArrival and Departure from Ivybridge - Mainline fast Trains from London and the Midlands run to the station at Ivybridge some directly, some requiring a change at the previous stop of Totnes. Either way its a reliable service taking around 3 hours from London Paddington. You can catch a bus or take a taxi to the centre of town for the accommodation options or if you are ok carrying your luggage its around 15 minutes walk. We give full advice in your itinerary.

Other options  -  For anyone wanting to start or finish at Okehampton there are regular buses from Exeter Train and Bus Stations and since 2021 the Dartmoor moorland railway option which is currently running hourly and only takes 40 minutes from Exeter - read more about the Dartmoor Line to Okehampton if you are thinking of starting your walk here.

Anyone wanting to start at Tavistock will arrive by Plymouth on the train and regular buses can be caught from outside the station.  More remote locations (Lydford, Mary Tavy and Chagford) can also be reached from these Exeter or Plymouth by bus but take longer have fewer services and have more connections but just ask for advice if you are not starting at Ivybridge.

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 Ivybridge in Devon taking around 3 hours from London Paddington. 

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 Ivybridge. 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 Ivybridge in around 6 hours. 

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).


The Dartmoor Way Walking Holiday parking and transportLong Stay Parking is available in most locations - ask for details. Again the best option is generally Ivybridge which is the usual starting and finishing point on the Dartmoor Way and in addition is right on the main Devon Trunkroad the A38. If you are not walking back to your car and want to use the train the car park at Ivybridge Station is free and there are parking options in the town and at one of our accommodation options. 

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 help provide local taxi numbers who will quote the prices for you to consider if you will be in a hurry to depart.

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


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