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A 2-centre self-guided walking tour exploring Dartmoor and Devon’s Jurassic Coast. With 3 nights spent in Dartmoor and 3 nights in Sidmouth, you can really get to grips with why they are both a paradise for walkers.
Dartmoor, with its towering tors and wild moorland, has inspired the creative mind and is the backdrop for the “Hound of the Baskervilles” featuring Sherlock Holmes.
Sidmouth, a “town caught still in a timeless charm” (John Betjeman), is nestled beneath the Triassic red cliffs of the Jurassic Coast and is a great base from which to explore East Devon with both inland and coastal walking.
To this add stays in cosy hotels and B&Bs, lunches in real-ale pubs, gourmet dinners and breaks for fabulous cream teas en route.
An included transfer from Exeter brings you to Morehampstead, situated in the north eastern part of Dartmoor and a great base for some incredible walking! This bustling and picturesque town is the gateway to the High Moors. Dartmoor was the inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘Hound of the Baskervilles” featuring Sherlock Holmes.
Walk straight out of your hotel into the stunning Dartmoor countryside in the direction of North Bovey, one of the most idyllic villages in Devon, and one which has therefore retained its charm. Some of the walk takes you along parts of the Dartmoor Way, a trail through ever-changing landscapes of open moorland, ancient lanes and leafy forest tracks.
Follow the trail up to Easdon Tor, giving one of the best all-around views over Dartmoor and then make your way back to Moretonhamptead.
Walk: 9 miles
A short transfer (20 mins) brings you into Dartmoor National Park where you will begin your walk at Fernworthy Reservoir. The trail heads away from the reservoir and links up with the Two Moors Way and then the Mary Michael Pilgrim’s Way and the Dartmoor Way. With wonderful views of open moorland and glimpses of the shy Dartmoor wild ponies, reach Hunter’s Tor and Sharp Tor before descending back into Moretonhampstead.
Walk: 12 miles
Today you will be transferred to the picturesque seaside town of Sidmouth which nestles beneath majestic Triassic red cliffs and the green hills of the glorious Sid Valley. The town is a delight to explore with its quaint shops and seafront promenade.
The Arches Interpretation Centre on the Sidmouth seafront provides an excellent introduction to the Jurassic Coast or there is always plenty of street entertainment too, if that takes your fancy.
After a hearty breakfast, take the coast path initially, then head inland to the Otter River which you will walk beside for a few kilometres. Once the path hooks up with the East Devon way and the Coleridge link begin to head west. Follow lovely rural routes that Coleridge, a leader of the British Romantic poetry movement, used to follow! He was no doubt inspired by the vibrant green hills of the Sid Valley.
Walk: 11 miles
Walk alongside the River Sid on a footpath that takes you north and eventually east to the village of Salcombe Regis. Head along trails through fields and woods until you reach Salcombe Hill with breath-taking views out over Lyme Bay and the famous cliffs of the Jurassic Coast. Pause for a while and take it all in, including the seagulls hanging on the wind, before walking along the coast path once more and back into Sidmouth.
Walk: 7 miles
From Sidmouth make your way to Exeter and from here you can take your onward journeys.
You will stay in a mixture of carefully chosen B&B’s,small hotels and guest houses.
If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.
We welcome solo walkers on this trip although you should of course take extra care in the outdoors when walking solo.
A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most of your accommodations will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or in nearby pubs or restaurants.
We regularly use the following properties but may accommodate you elsewhere if these are not available.
This hotel, which is centrally located in the town was originally a traditional posting house from 1639, but has been sympathetically refurbished to provide all modern comforts within a traditional setting.
Relax in this delightful B&B's comfortable guest lounge and start your day with a hearty breakfast. There is also a tranquil garden and the rooms all have a contemporary design.
This trip is available to start on any day of the week from March to October.
This tour can be enjoyed from March to October but you can walk at any time of year. You can start on any date that suits your travel plans. Spring and Autumn/Fall are great because it is quieter on the paths.
This tour is graded as moderate. The walks are a combination of trails, walking through open moorland, wooded and coastal tracks and country roads. Most of the time you will be walking on “official” paths, such as the South West Coast Path, the Dartmoor Way, the Two Moors Way and the Coleridge Link, etc. You will need to be very physically fit to fully enjoy this tour as, at times, there are some elevation gains and losses to negotiate.
When walking on “official trails” it is quite well way marked and relatively easy to follow. However, at times the signs will be intermittent and for all the walks we provide comprehensive route notes and OS maps, so you should be able to find your way. You will have to be able to read a map and navigate. We also provide GPS tracks for those who wish to take a GPS unit.
Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.
The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.
The closest airport to Moretonhampstead is Exeter Airport which is served by Flybe and has flights from London, Manchester, Paris, Amsterdam, Edinburgh and Manchester. You can also fly into Bristol or London.
If you fly into Exeter Airport or take a train into Exeter Train Station an included transfer will bring you to your accommodation in Moretonhampstead.
Please let your Destination & Adventure Specialist know what time you will be arriving in Exeter so that we can co-ordinate the time of your transfer. Please bear in mind that there are 2 main stations in Exeter, St David’s and Central, so you will need to be specific about which station you want to be picked up from.
A transfer to either Exeter Train Station (St David’s or Central) or Exeter Airport from your accommodation in Sidmouth is included. From here you can make your onward journeys. Trains from Exeter take you all the way (direct) to London stations
Please let us know the time of your departure and when you will need your transfer.
This tour is graded as moderate. You will need to be very physically fit to fully enjoy this tour as, at times, there are some elevation gains and losses to negotiate.
As far in advance as possible! We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as Devon is extremely popular, especially during the summer months. If booking at short notice we will always try and accommodate your plans.
You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc.
This Devon itinerary is very enjoyable at any time between March and October , although it is particularly lovely in late spring and early Autumn.
All baggage transfers are included. We request that you have only one piece of luggage per person and it should weigh only 20kg.
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.
You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.