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Two Castles Trail - Stage 4 Eastbound - Bridestowe to Okehampton - 7 miles






Two Castles Trail - Stage 4 Eastbound - Bridestowe to Okehampton - 7 miles Climbing onto the edge of Dartmoor, this stage takes in stunning views of the high moors before passing close to Meldon Reservoir and Viaduct. The route then gradually descends to Okehampton passing Okehampton Castle just across the West Okement River. Much of this stge is on uneven surfaces, including field sections, grassy lanes and woodland tracks. Some sections can be particularly muddy after prolonged rain. There is a fairly steep climb from Sourton, and a steep descent to the West Okement River below Meldon Viaduct. There are a few gates, and a high number of stiles in the fields before Sourton (the field/stile section can be avoided using an alternative route on the Granite Way).

Walk Waypoints

  1. 1
    Start the stage in the centre of Bridestowe, and turn right opposite the church, to climb the road for around 800m until the road turns sharply right.
  2. 2
    At this point the Two Castles Trail converges with the West Devon Way. For the following stretch into Okehampton follow waymarking for the West Devon Way (green text on white and brown signs, with a green symbol for Brent Tor and church). Climb the stile to your left, and walk through three fields with the hedge on your right, before reaching a stile. Head straight across the next two fields to cross another stile. Continue ahead with the hedge to your right across two more fields to a stile by a small barn. Cross two small fields with the hedge on your left, and pass through a gate following a track between two stone barns emerging next to a tall house.
  3. 3
    Carefully cross the main road and take the footpath alongside the road to your left heading into the village of Sourton.
  4. 4
    Turn right at the track opposite the pub, passing a Church on your left and crossing a bridge over the Granite Way. Go through a gate, and continue uphill. As you emerge onto the moors from the shallow cutting continue ahead.
  5. 5
    On reaching a junction of routes below Sourton Tors bear left, and follow a path as it continues straight across a junction of paths, running parallel with an old stone wall for most of its length.
  6. 6
    At a further junction bear left and descend towards a granite post around 45m away. Continue past the post, keeping a nearby stone wall to your right, and pass through a gate onto a green lane between two stone walls.
  7. 7
    Follow through another gate as the green lane soon becomes a road, and continue as it passes under a railway bridge.
  8. 8
    In Meldon turn right on the track just beyond the Village Hall and car park passing Meldon Farm. As the track descends to the right, double back on the path to the left through a wooden gate.
  9. 9
    Follow to a footbridge over the West Okement. After the bridge turn left following the path alongside the river. Keep straight ahead on meeting a path from your left which goes under the A30.
  10. 10
    When the path emerges into a parking area, turn left along the road as it crosses over the A30. After the bridge, take the first track to your right which will lead to a farmyard.
  11. 11
    Walk across the farmyard bearing to your right and a gate. Pass through into the field and bear left keeping the hedge immediately to your left.
  12. 12
    Continue until joining the golf course at a metal gate. Taking care as you proceed, follow the signs across the golf course, picking up the clear path as you descend to the surfaced bridleway.
  13. 13
    Follow the surfaced bridleway for around 400m until taking a signed footpath forking to your left through the woodland and Old Town Park Local Nature Reserve.
  14. 14
    On emerging at a grassy area, bear right and go past the footbridge, exiting the park at a gate and following the path beyond.
  15. 15
    At the end of the path, on reaching the road, continue straight ahead, and at the end of the road turn left onto George Street.
  16. 16
    Either continue straight ahead to reach the end of the stage and Two Castles Trail next to the White Hart Hotel, or turn left into Jacobs Pool, and immediately right through the gated courtyard of the Tourist Information Centre and Museum of Dartmoor Life.

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