Walking on Dartmoor
Walking is good for your body, mind and soul, and where better to do it than amongst some of the most stunning, magical landscapes in the world.
Whether you’re looking for a challenging trek across windswept moors, or just a relaxing stroll through secluded woods, you’ve come to the right place.
Dartmoor has it all. Blaze your own trail, be a pioneer, explore and take the less trodden route. If you are a keen, confident walker, try one of our hard or moderate routes, gather your kit and head out the door.
If perhaps you are a little less confident of your surroundings, why not try a guided walk with one of the many superb walking groups or take advantage of the experience and knowledge of a walking guide.
Download an audio walk to your mp3 player, or sample some of the easy circular routes. There are some excellent planned routes for families - including ones designed to put the children in charge - lasting from an hour to a full day.
Note that all maps on this site are only indicative. You should never set out on a Dartmoor Walk without the correct OS map. For safety’s sake, please make sure you are wearing sturdy footwear, suitable clothing and let someone know where you are going, and what time you expect to be back.
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My OS Map showed a car park at Two Bridges, located at the edge of a small disused quarry. The weather was typical Dartmoor, cloud and the 50/50 chance of rain, sunshine, drizzle, blue sky, cloud. You’ll get used to it. Bring your coat.
From family camping to extreme sports incl canoeing, climbing & whitewater rafting. Groups welcome.
Large red words on the OS Map spell out a warning to hikers and tourists alike: Danger Area restricted access. I had this notion that the northern landscape of Dartmoor was a fenced off landscape, uninviting to hikers. Littered with UXBs and danger!
Location: Cotehele estate
Fieldwalking is a simple archaeological technique. The ground is set out in plots. Each plot is then walked. Finds – pottery, glass, flints, etc. – are marked and recovered from each plot, to be pr
One of Devon's long-distance walking routes, the Tamar Valley Discovery Trail, follows the valley between Plymouth and Launceston. This walk follows a length of that Trail and then doubles back to form a circuit.
Unique Devon Tours is an award winning company offering exclusive driver guided tours of Dartmoor and the rest of Devon (and beyond!) for small groups of up to six people.
For enthusiastic long-distance walkers, the Dart Valley Trail is a waymarked route linking Totnes and Dartmouth. The walk described here gives the possibility of adding this middle part of the Dart Valley to the Dart Valley Trail.
Ancient Woodland Restoration – David Rickwood of Woodland Trust
May 2, 2013
The Woodland Trust have organised a series of spring walks for visitors to discover the history and wildlife of the Bovey. The walks will provide an opportunity to find...
This West Devon Way is a recreational route for walkers of 37 miles, running from Okehampton in the north to Plymouth in the south, and following the western edge of Dartmoor. The route can be split into 8 stages, all accessible at each end by buses.
Rare Lichens with Dr Brian and Sandy Coppins
16 May 2013
East Dartmoor NNR
A recent survey of Hisely Wood identified 155 species of lichen, regrettably the same survey indicated a slow migration of species to the outer edges of the wood and a...
Fernworthy Reservoir, Fernworthy
Gazing across at Fernworthy Reservoir with the sun low in the sky and the gaggle of Canada Geese coasting nearby, there is no better place on Dartmoor than Potter's walk for a gentle stroll of almost a mile, or for exploring with young children.
The Haytor Audio Walk is a 6.3 mile (10 km) walk starting from the newly built Haytor Information Centre and offers stunning views over a changing landscape, as well as a flavour of Dartmoor’s cultural heritage.
Distance: 5 miles
Start/End point: Meldon Viaduct
Meldon Viaduct, to the west of Okehampton, is a superb example of Victorian engineering. This walk starts at the Viaduct and includes several elements of Victorian interest
The recent and overdue induction of former poet laureate, Ted Hughes’, into Westminster Abbey’s Poet’s Corner, was my inspiration for a classic walk into northern Dartmoor’s brooding centre.
Yelverton / Tavistock
Distance: 7 miles
Start/End point: Yelverton/Tavistock
The West Devon Way walking route links Plymouth and Okehampton, much of the route following the western edge of Dartmoor. This walk follows a length of the West Devon W
The beautiful countryside around Okehampton is rich with wildlife, steeped in history and waiting to be explored.....just take a walk.
Active Dartmoor – Active Summer
Explore Dartmoor’s exciting recreational opportunities! Enjoy a summer of outdoor activities on Dartmoor, from picnicking to off road cycling.
An annual 24 miles long distance historical walk from Buckfast to Tavistock (Community College)
Walking holidays. We specialise in group walks of up to 16 people. Weekends From £189 per person & 6 days from £355.
The Princetown audio walk is a 6 mile (10km) circular walk starting from the High Moorland Visitor Centre, taking you across moorland to a waterfall, aqueduct, Bronze Age settlements and stone rows.