This walk has to be top of the list of Two Blondes’ favourites. It takes in our favourite cafe, our favourite cross, our favourite valley and even our favourite kink in our favourite leat. If you have already done it and have the necessary navigation skills, please give it a go in the dark as it offers lots of great navigation points within the bounds of some obvious catching features (things that stop you from getting completely lost).
If you don’t have the necessary navigation skills, then maybe now is the time to get them. There are a wealth of Dartmoor organisations offering basic navigation workshops …
LENGTH: Without detour along leat – 15km (9 miles). With detour – 18.5km (12 miles).
TIME: 6-7 hours.
SUITABLE: A good level of fitness with navigation skills required for some short sections. Stick to the path or leat in poor visibility if you are not used to moorland navigation. Remember that Dartmoor weather can change very quickly. Walking boots and full waterproofs essential.
START/FINISH: Princetown SX 590735
TERRAIN: Tracks can be muddy, open moorland including rough, wet sections.
MAP: OS Explorer OL28 Dartmoor.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Train to Plymouth, bus to Tavistock, bus to Princetown.
PARKING: Public car park in the centre of Princetown
(£1 for cars for the day).
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS: a Dartmoor National Park
Authority Visitor Centre provides insights into many aspects of Dartmoor life. Opening times on the DNPA website – www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk.
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