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Dartmoor & Exmoor

United Kingdom

from $3,995* per person 8 Days June, September
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 5
Operator: The Wayfarers 16 people max
  • Totnes station, united kingdom
  • Active & Adventure trips
The ancient harbor of Dartmouth is the gateway to this Walk across the dramatic open spaces of Dartmoor and Exmoor in the South West of England.

Here we walk meadow-paths and narrow lanes, crossing rivers and passing through thatched hamlets, stopping for hearty pub lunches and a traditional Devon Cream Tea. We explore Castle Drogo '"the last castle to be built in England" 300 meters above Dartmoor.

Leaving Dartmoor we discover the wild uplands of Exmoor, where we might spot a native pony or a red deer, Britain's largest wild animal. We enjoy sweeping views from the rolling hills across the Bristol Channel to Wales.

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Itinerary

Sunday

We transfer from Totnes rail station to Dartmouth where we have our evening Welcome Reception and dinner in the hotel.
Overnight: Dartmouth
Monday

We take a short journey south to the sleepy hamlet of Slapton, the centre of operations in the American preparations for the Normandy Landings. We will then walk back along Devonís most beautiful coastline and stop for lunch at Blackpool Sands. Its idyllic beach is privately owned and we visit the gardens tenderly planted and nurtured as a little piece of new Zealand in England!
Overnight: Dartmouth
Tuesday

We walk on the banks of the river Dart which follows a rock-strewn course overhung by ancient oak. We pass thatched hamlets and farms and cross open moorland at Wind Tor before reaching Widecombe-in-the-Moor for a pub lunch and a visit to the famous 15th-century church. In the afternoon we see the wide expanses of Dartmoor and a deserted medieval village before descending to Manaton and continuing to Chagford.
Overnight: Chagford
Wednesday

We follow the river Teign to splendid Castle Drogo, designed by the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens; the castle is perched 900 feet above sea level. After lunch, we arrive at the delightful thatched village of Drewsteignton and tracks lead us to the small community of Hittisleigh. We transfer to our hotel in Coleford for dinner and overnight.
Overnight: Coleford
Thursday

Our walk begins in Templeton from where we walk through fertile farming country before reaching our pub lunch at Rackenford. We walk along the chattering River Barle, once a communication route for Viking raiders, and climb a ridge where we may see buzzards and perhaps some red deer. We end our day with dinner in our hotel in Withypool.
Overnight: Withypool
Friday

We walk up Winsford Hill, hoping to see the tough little ponies, Britain's oldest breed, which run wild on the open moors. We explore the burial mound of a Bronze Age chief. A bracken-fringed path brings us to a deep valley leading to pretty Winsford and lunch in a thatched pub. Following the Exe valley we reach the hidden village of Exford.
Overnight: Exford
Saturday

A track leads us to the vast expanse of Exmoor. We enjoy grand views across the Bristol Channel to Wales and the Welsh Mountains as we descend through oak woods to the pretty village of Porlock. In the afternoon we cross the salt marshes to the beach at Porlock Bay and, at the end of the afternoon, we drive back to our hotel for our Farewell Dinner.
Overnight: Exford
Sunday

After breakfast, The Wayfarers will see you safely to Taunton station for your onward rail and bus connections.

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