The West Devon Way is a recreational route for walkers of 37 miles, running from Okehampton in the north to Plymouth at its southern end. The waymarked route can be divided into 8 stages with each stage starting or finishing near to a bus stop.
The West Devon Way explores the western edge of Dartmoor.
The walk is relatively easy and there are many level stretches, with a few steeper sections. The route crosses a variety of terain, and while in the summer the route is likely to be dry, in the depths of winter parts of the route can be wet and muddy.
The route is waymarked and with a copy of the directions should be straightforward to follow, though extra care should be taken across open moorland sections where waymarking is not possible. The waymarks contain a logo of the dramatic Brentor Church perched on top of its rocky outcrop. The logo is dark green on a white background outside of the National Park, and dark green on wood within the National Park, with the route directions indicated by black arrows.
There are a number of alternative and circular routes available from the West Devon Way, to extend the walking possibilities and further explore the area.
There are car parks (paying), toilet, food and drink facilities in Okehampton, Lydford, Tavistock, Yelverton and Plymouth, along with pubs at a number of village along and close to the route.
The route has been divided into 8 stages, all accessible at each end by public transport. Since car parking is very limited along the route, the use of public transport is recommended. For up to date services and bus times call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or visit www.traveline.org.uk
The route meets the Two Castles Trail at the northern end, and follows the same route as the Dartmoor Way between Okehampton and Tavistock. The route can be linked to the Tamar Discovery Trail by using the Plymouth Cross-City Link walk. At its southern end it links with the South West Coast Path and Erme-Plym Trail.
The route can even be linked as part of a grand 100 mile circuit around western Devon with the Tamar Valley Discovery Trail and Two Castles Trail.
- Accommodation nearby - There is accomodation close to the route form Okehampton all the way to Tavistock, including hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, and campsites. Look on the accomodation pages or contact the Tourist Information Centre for more information.
- Experience level - beginner - Some stages of the West Devon Way are suitable for those new to walking, particularly when the West Devon Way joins the cycleway from Goodameavy. Check individual stage details for more information.
- Experience level - intermediate - Some stages of the West Devon Way cross stretches of open moorland, and some degree of map reading skills are useful as these sections are not waymarked. Check individual stage details for more information.
- Fitness level required - low - Some stages of the West Devon Way are suitable for those new to walking, particularly when the West Devon Way joins the cycleway from Goodameavy. Check individual stage details for more information.
- Fitness level required - medium - Some stages of the West Devon Way have steep climbs and/or descents, and require a good level of fitness. Also, some paths are uneven and can be wet/muddy. Check individual stage details for more information.
- Route maps available - Route maps are available in a variety of formats. The whole 37 mile route booklet can be downloaded from this website, or picked up from the Okehampton, Tavistock or Plymouth Tourist Information Centres. Alternatively, each of the 8 stages can be downloaded and printed seperately from this website as required.
- Shop - There are shops in Okehampton, Mary Tavy, Tavistock, Yelverton and Plymouth.
- Toilets - There are public toilet facilities in Okehampton, Lydford, Tavistock, Yelverton and Plymouth.
- Difficult Route
- Easy Route
- Linear Route
- Moderate Route
- West Devon Way - Stage 8 - Marsh Mills to Hooe Lake - 3 miles Easy Walk
- West Devon Way - Stage 7 - Bickleigh to Marsh Mills Easy Walk
- West Devon Way - Stage 6 - Yelverton to Bickleigh Easy to Moderate Walk
- West Devon Way - Stage 5 - Tavistock to Yelverton Moderate to Difficult Walk
- West Devon Way - Stage 4 - Mary Tavy to Tavistock Moderate Walk
- West Devon Way - Stage 3 - Lydford to Mary Tavy Easy to Moderate Walk
- West Devon Way - Stage 2 - Sourton to Lydford Easy to Moderate Walk
- West Devon Way - Stage 1 - Okehampton to Sourton Moderate Walk
- Meldon Viaduct - Accessible from Stage 1 Easy to Moderate Walk
- Meldon Reservoir walks - Accessible from Stage 1 Easy to Moderate Walk
- Loop route to Brentor - Accessible from Stage 3 Easy to Moderate Walk
- Linear walk from Tavistock to Crowndale - Accessible from Stage 5 Easy Walk
- Along the Granite Way from Sourton to Bearslake - Alternative/loop route from Stage 2 Easy to Moderate Walk
Map & Directions
Public Transport Directions
There is regular bus access to each end of the West Devon Way, and near to the start and end points of each of the 8 stages. For up to date services and bus times call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or visit www.traveline.org.uk
|West Devon Way (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)|