What to Expect on your Devon Moor to Sea Walking Trip
Starting in the heart of Dartmoor, we walk some of the most well-known Tors including Haytor, Hound Tor (of Hound of the Baskerville’s) and spend time in the ancient, oak woodlands at Piles Copse. Joining the East Dart River at Postbridge, we then navigate our way to Dartmeet, where the East Dart River and West Dart River convene, and meander our way along the waterway, past a plethora of magical places, with opportunities to dip and splash, if the water calls you. We then begin our Devon coastal exploration with a transfer to the Erme Estuary at Mothecombeto ramble our way towards Burgh island, after wading across the River Erme (if tides allow!). We then head north of Burgh island towards Thurlestone, Hope Cove, and ending the week with a pint on the banks in the iconic town of Salcombe. This tour is for those looking for the perfect balance of exploration and relaxation on the moors and coast.
No Hassle Guided Walking Tours
Journey on foot to rediscover the English countryside and coast by joining our groups, as a solo traveller, couple or bringing family and friends to walk with you and return to nature.
Flexible Walking Distance Options Each Day
Don’t feel obliged to walk the full distance each day. There are shorter options for guests, with opportunities to spend more time at the iconic sites, manors, gardens, beaches and in the towns for those wishing to walk fewer miles each day.
Devon Moor to Sea Walking Itinerary
Day 1Dartmoor - Haytor and Hound Tor
Day 1.We will meet you at Exeter Railway station at 11.00am and transfer you to Parke, known as the gateway to Dartmoor, for a guided stroll around the gardens and woodland before lunch in the National Trust café. From here, we will head straight out onto the moors to explore the rugged crag of Haytor to view the spectacular moors. We then track along to Hound Tor, which is said to have inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s book, Hound of the Baskervilles. In the evening we will eat together as a group in our favourite local pub.
Mileage – 4 miles
Day 2The River Dart + Sharrah Pool
We head out onto the moors to find the source of the East Dart river and navigate our way towards the hamlet of Postbridge for lunch. Crossing the medieval clapper bridge, we track along the river’s edge, through the ancient Bellever Forest, past (yes you’ve guessed it, another tor) Laughter Tor, and onto Dartmeet, the actual meeting point of the East and West Dart Rivers. We stop for a picnic lunch and even a dip in the magical river water, before continuing on to Combestone Tor. In the evening we continue our River Dart walking journey, by following the flow to another favourite eatery.
Day 3Ancient Woodlands + Estuaries Wading to Burgh Island
We transfer to the top of the Erme River on Dartmoor and walk through the stunning ancient oak woodland – Piles Copse. We then walk down the Erme and transfer to it’s Estuary at Mothecombe where we have lunch at the Old School House. In the afternoon we wade across the Erme Estuary and walk onto Bigbury on Sea and Burgh Island before a well-earned pint in the Pilchard Inn which dates from 1316.
Mileage: 6-10 miles
Day 4The Avon Estuary, Bantham Beach and Hope Cove
We have a gentler morning walking around the quiet but stylish Kingsbridge before transferring to the Avon Estuary and walking down towards the sea at Bantham Beach where we picnic and or have lunch in the wonderful Sloop Inn. In the afternoon we walk up past Thurlestone Arch and onto Hope Cove for a cream tea or ice cream and even a quick dip in the sea.
Mileage: 6-10 miles
Day 5Hope Cove to Salcombe
We start the day tracking along the coast from Hope Cove, up and down some fairly large inclines for a picnic at the stunning Sour Mill Cove before heading towards the iconic coastal town of Salcombe in time for some fresh local crab and an evening pint on the banks of the estuary and the end of our feast of walking from Moor to Sea.
Mileage: 7-9 miles
Day 6Farewells and Ongoing Travel
After a relaxed breakfast we transfer to Exeter St David’s, just outside town, helping all guests with their ongoing travel arrangements.
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3* Country accommodation along the coast and on Dartmoor
End Of Tour Location
Exeter St David’s Station
5 Nights’ Accommodation
International Flights and travel to and from the start / end of the tour
Items of a personal nature
Lunches and café stops
Gratuity for your local guide
Why choose a guided walking holiday?
Join a group of like-minded people, looking for an active walking holiday exploring the Cornish coast. Let by our team of exceptional guides, we know every turn in the path, every gate, trail, café and cove. Dine together some evenings, share the stories of the day and fully enjoy the magical experience of walking the Devon coastal paths. On our guided trips, all of our routes can be tailored for those wishing to walk less or further, just ask your guide and they will be able to extend or shorted the planned routes to suit you and your group.
How do I get to Devon?
Cornwall is an easy train journey from London, Bristol and the Midlands, taking you to the start of your walking trip. Trains come into Exeter St David’s where we will pick you up and drop you off at the end of the tour.
What are the Hotels like in Devon on this tour?
We have handpicked a selection of hotels and bed and breakfasts in ideal locations along the beautiful Devon coast, with great access into towns and views over the harbours and ocean. There is a wealth of great restaurants and gastro-pubs in each location and your hotels are the perfect place to rest your legs and relax during the evenings while on your tour.
Read M.W’s review of our hotels: “The accommodations were first rate — small inns scattered throughout the countryside. And the food — out of this world! […] It was so relaxing to have the whole trip prearranged.”