This epic long distance circular walk takes you on a tour of the wonderful Dartmoor National Park.
On the circular route you will pass Okehampton, Chagford, Moretonhampstead, Buckfastleigh, Princetown, Foggintor Quarry and Tavistock as you make your way around this circular route. The scenery is varied with wild upland, valleys, and waterfalls among the features of the park.
Route highlights include lovely waterside sections along the River Bovey near Bovey Tracey and then along the River Teign approaching Chagford. The fine castle at Okehampton, the National Trust owned Castle Drogo, the waterfalls and woodland at Becky Falls, the picturesque villages of Lustleigh and Sticklepath, and the splendid Lydford Gorge with its waterfall and water pools are other attractions on this interesting and varied walk.
Dartmoor Way Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Dartmoor Way Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Dartmoor Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Dartmoor Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
On the walk you could stop for refreshments at the Highwayman Inn for a great pub experience. The pub is considered England's most unusual inn with a marvellous interior and an interesting mix of ancient artifacts. It dates from the 11th-century and is also said to be haunted! The wonderful inn is located to the west of Meldon Reservoir at Sourton, postcode EX20 4HN.
The Bell Inn in Bovey Tracey is another great option. The friendly, cosy pub has a good menu and a very fine garden area to relax in on warmer days. You can find it at Town Hall Place with postcode TQ13 9AA for your sat navs.
The Fingle Bridge Inn is in a great location right next to the river near Drewsteignton. You can sit outside in the large garden area which overlooks the woods and the river, which is just a few feet away from the tables. On a fine day it's the perfect place to relax with a cream tea after your exercise. Inside there's a cosy interior with a stone hearth and wood ceiling beams. You can find the inn right next to the old bridge at postcode EX6 6PW for your sat navs. Fingle Bridge is one of the highlights on the walk dating from between the 16th and 17th century. The bridge is Grade II listed.
In Belstone the Tors Inn is a popular place for walkers. The large pub is situated 1000ft above sea level in the village centre. They have a lovely garden area with an outside kitchen/BBQ that operates from Easter to the end of September. It's a lovely spot with great views over the surrounding countryside. Inside there's a cosy interior with a blazing fire for the winter months. You can find them at postcode EX20 1QZ for your sat navs. They are also very dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.
In Okehampton The Fountain Inn is recommended. The inn has a lovely terrace and riverside garden area where you can relax on warmer days. They serve a fine Sunday carvery with a cosy interior and two real fires. You can find them on Fore Street with a postcode of EX20 1AP. The town itself is also well worth exploring with highlights including the 15th century Chapel of St James and the medieval ruins of Okehampton Castle which is now run as a tourist attraction by English Heritage.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Much of the route is also suitable for cyclists with lots of country lanes, old railway tracks and woodland areas to explore.
Near the start of the route at Buckfastleigh the route links with the Two Moors Way, another waymarked long distance trail which explores the national park.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Dartmoor Walks page.