RETURN TO TARR STEPS
Down to Tarr Steps and across the Barle, following the Two Moors Way as it climbs to Hawkridge. Down through the woods past Brewer's Castle hill fort and along the Barle to Marsh Bridge. Then a steady climb up to Highercombe Farm and out onto open moorland with fantastic views. Then it's downhill all the way back to Tarr Steps for a well-earned pint or cuppa. Good paths and tracks. This is a walk we did a couple of years ago, but in reverse.
Fields, woods, hills, and possibly mud!
BOVEY TRACEY AND RORA WOOD
We start from Bovey Tracey, but will not head up to the Moor this time: we will follow a mixture of footpaths and lanes towards the village of Ilsington before going back through Rora Wood and a small section of the Templer Way. There will be some road walking on our return to the start point.
TEMPLER HERITAGE TRAIL PLUS A BIT!
Stover Lake, Ventiford Cottages, Ventiford Bridge, Sampson's Farm, Teign Bridge, Teigngrace, edge of Stover School, back to Lake. Mostly level. Bring picnic. Cuppa at Orchid Paradise Coffee Shop (half mile) after walk if wished.
CREAM OF THE COAST
Coastal and field footpaths in a spectacular setting. Portlemore Barton, Furzedown, East Soar Farm, Starehole Bottom (picturesque!), Bolt Head, Soar Mill Cove, Bolberry Down, Bolt Trail, Inner and Outer Hope. To finish via inland and field paths back to Higher Town, Malborough. A couple of steep climbs. NOTE: We will stop at the delightful Walkers' Barn at East Soar for coffee/tea, etc, in the morning.
"WHERE TARKA FOUGHT OVER A RABBIT - WITH A BAND OF STOATS"
This is a very varied walk given its modest length. It takes in three villages, the moor and the Taw. We'll climb a little, walk beside the river and wander on green lanes.
We follow the River Plym eastwards past Ditsworthy Warren House, through the Bronze Age relics of Drizzle Combe and on to Plym Steps. Then we head northwards over Hartor Tor, westwards through Eylesbarrow Tin Mine and back to the Plym via Gutter Tor and Legis Tor. Most of the way is along tracks, and some is on open moorland.
A TOTNES TRUNDLE
We walk along the River Dart to Dartington and on through Dartington Hall Gardens. Possible early lunch stop along the following riverside path which takes us back to Totnes Station. Easy footpaths, although could be muddy in places in wet weather.
TO HELL [LANE] AND BEYOND
A varied walk that skirts Golden Cap, without ascending to the peak, then follows the SW coastal path into Seatown (toilets, ice cream kiosk) and on to Thorncombe Beacon, then inland to Higher Eype, Symondsbury, Colmer's Hill, Hell Lane, North Chideock, and Morcombelake. One long gentle climb and a steeper shorter climb to our lunch stop on Colmer's Hill.
We start at Joney's Cross, passing through Newton Poppleford and taking in woodland, riverside, apple orchards and the Aylesbeare Common Nature Reserve. There are one or two moderate climbs but nothing too taxing. Because of the length of the walk a lunch stop may be incorporated (picnic). Details may be updated when the walk has been recce'd.
OS Landranger 192.
UP AND AROUND COLYTON
A figure of eight walk from Colyton to Seaton Junction, Shute Beacon, Seaton Junction, Watchcombe Moor, Downhayne Brake Road, Colyton. Much easy walking along paths, tracks and lanes, with two moderate hills. Possibility of mud in places.
Map: OS Explorer 116
NEWBRIDGE TO IVYBRIDGE VIA THE TWO MOORS WAY
* Fast pace walk from Newbridge to Ivybridge c15 miles;
* Sensible pace walk from Newbridge to Ivybridge c15 miles;
* Moderate walk from Shipley Bridge to Ivybridge c7 miles.
To help, coaches will be leaving Leonards Road cp in Ivybridge at 10.00 am for a one-way trip to Newbridge and Shipley Bridge. All-day parking in Ivybridge is £2. Provisional cost for the coach is £6 pp, payable in advance.
Please note two walk lengths : 15 miles and 7 miles.
IN THE LEIGH OF THE TOR
Hisley Wood, Hunter's Tor, Horsham, Leighon. A moderate walk with some steep ascents and descents.
Map: OL28 Dartmoor
BUTTERDON AND CRANBROOK
Halcombe, Butterdon Down, Cranbrook Castle, and return. L by lunch at The Union. One steep climb; otherwise a moderate walk.
LEATS AND LEAPS
We follow the East Dart northwards to the waterfall, cross the river onto Winney's Down, and hence to Sittaford Tor, returning via Grey Wethers and the flanks of Hartland Tor. Most of the route is along tracks with some open moorland.
From Hunters Inn, visiting Heddon's Mouth beach, then on the SW coast path to Holdstone Down. Climb over Holdstone Hill and via open Moorland with fine views to join Ladies Mile (a wooded path), returning along the river valley to Hunters Inn. The early part of the coast path above Heddon's Mouth is along high cliffs and although the walking is easy, anyone with vertigo problems might have difficulties.
TOO EARLY FOR THE WINE
A moderate walk on lanes and footpaths via Yearlestone, Well Farm, Little Silver, East Ridge and Cadeleigh. Quite hilly.
MANATON AND BECKA FALLS
From the church back along the lane and footpath to Becka Falls. We follow the edge of Hound Tor woods, bearing left to Woodash. Letchole Plantation, Horsham and return to Manaton Church. Lunch at the pub in the village at approx 1.00 pm.
IS FUR TOR STILL THERE?
From Postbridge, north to the waterfall for coffee; then Sandy Hole Pass, North West Passage (peat cuttings) and Fur Tor. You have reached one of the most remote tors on Dartmoor and this is probably the easiest route to get there. It should be a moderate walk but if wet beyond Sandy Hole Pass things may be a little strenuous. A rewarding day out!
IN CROMWELL'S FOOTSTEPS
Salmonhutch, Trobridge Cross, Tomhead Cross, Blackalder Wood, Posbury, Gunstone Cross, Pitt Farm, Cromwell's Cutting. Quiet lanes and footpaths. Moderate with some steep uneven steps to start.
WHO'S CRAZY NOW!
South Hessary Tor, Nun's Cross, Devonport Leat, Crazy Well Pool, aquaduct over the Meavy, Black Tor Falls, Hart Tor. A moderate walk on firm tracks, no strenuous climbs, one rocky descent, with a few short sections of uneven moorland. We will pass some ancient crosses on the Buckfast to Buckland Monastic track, walk beside an historic leat, visit a mysterious pool of water and a lovely cascade waterfall, pass an ancient double stone row, and a WWII firing range.
TOO LATE FOR THE FAIR!
Bonehill, Holwell Lawn, Hound Tor, Jay's Grave, Grimspound, Hameldon, and return to Widecombe. This walk is on the strenuous side of moderate as there are two steep or long climbs and one long and steep descent. It is on quiet minor roads, footpaths and bridleways and open moorland tracks. The route will pass a deserted medieval village, the grave of Kitty Jay, the bronze age settlement of Grimspound and a ridge of cairns on Hameldon, the highest point on the Two Moors Way from where there are impressive and extensive views.