Two Moors Way
The Devon Coast to Coast - Two Moors Way is a long-distance walking route between Ivybridge on the southern edge of Dartmoor and Lynmouth on the North Coast of Exmoor, comprehensively waymarked except on the open moorland sections. It has a total length of 102 miles (163 km), making it an ideal week's walk.
The Way links the only two National Parks in southern England, and crosses both of them north-south. Not surprisingly, it passes through landscape of exceptionally high quality. Not only does this include the high moorland of some of the Dartmoor and Exmoor sections, but also the deep and wooded valleys of the moorland edges and between the moors, unspoilt rural scenery with a remote and tranquil feel difficult to find elsewhere in modern times. Walking mostly not difficult, but one or two strenuous stretches; some unwaymarked open moorland requiring navigational skills.
The Devon Coast to Coast - Two Moors Way is the major north-south walking route across Devon, but the County has a whole network of walking routes, some of which link to the Devon Coast to Coast - Two Moors Way. For example, the Way coincides with the Tarka Trail for part of the route on Exmoor; links with the South West Coast Path at its northern end and with the Little Dart Ridge and Valley Walk, Taw-Teign Link, Dartmoor Way and Erme Valley Trail; a coast to coast walk is possible using the last of these.
The ideal way to walk the Devon Coast to Coast - Two Moors Way is to leave the car at home and use public transport to access the route. Bus services may be used to reach both ends of the route, Ivybridge and Lynmouth. Ivybridge may also be reached by train from Plymouth. In addition, Morchard Road, at the centre of the route, is on the Exeter-Barnstaple branch rail line.
Various other locations along the route may also be reached by less frequent bus services.
- Public transport information for the South West is available from Traveline 0870 608 2608.
- DevonBus timetable publications can be obtained from DevonBus 01392 382800.
- For detailed information about public transport links between Lynton and Ivybridge, contact the Lynton Tourist Information Centre 01598 752225.
- Train information is available from National Rail Enquiries 08457 484950.
A guide book for the Two Moors Way, by John Macadam, has been published by Aurum Press in association with the Ordnance Survey, price £12.99. The publication is available from most good book shops (ISBN 1 85410 458 6).
The following Tourist Information Centres carry information about the route:
- Exmoor National Park Information Centre, Lynmouth, Devon EX35 6EQ. Telephone (01598) 752509 (seasonal).
- Lynton Tourist Information Centre, Town Hall, Lynton, Devon EX35 6BT Telephone (01598) 752225.
- High Moorland Visitor Centre, Old Duchy Hotel, Princetown, Yelverton, Devon PL20 6QF Telephone (01822) 890414
Relevant OS maps
For an overview of the route, the Ordnance Survey's 1": 1 mile scale Touring Maps covering Dartmoor (Touring Map 1) and Exmoor (Touring Map 5) between them cover the whole of the Way.
The route is covered at a scale of 1:25,000 by the following maps:
- Outdoor Leisure no. 28 Dartmoor
- Explorer no. 113 Okehampton
- Explorer no. 114 Exeter and the Exe Valley
- Explorer no. 127 South Molton and Chulmleigh (1 km only)
- Outdoor Leisure no. 9 Exmoor.
Photographs by Devon County Council and J. Turner, Two Moors Way Association.
|Trail includes moorland walking||Trail includes coast and / or estuary walking|
|Trail includes especially notable viewpoints||Trail is mostly waymarked and signposted|
|Trail has parallel bus and / or train routes to allow for short lengths to be walked||Trail information includes dedicated accommodation list|