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Walk Devon - Dartmoor and South West Coast Path

United Kingdom - Trip code WDM Walking and Trekking
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Days 6
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Why book this trip?

Join us on this twin-centre walking holiday that explores the wild beauty of Dartmoor National Park and stunning South Devon - a journey from moorscape to seascape. Hiking on Dartmoor we discover rugged tors, ancient oak woodlands and a prehistoric stone circle. In a contrast of scenery, on the Coast Path we walk through historic villages with sea views and a hidden estuary rich in wildlife.

  • Dartmoor - Stark beauty of unspoilt nature, wide open skies and towering tors
  • South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - Walk the scenic coastline past inviting beaches
  • Twin - centre - Varied walking from our bases in Moretonhampstead and Buckfastleigh
  • Included meals

    Breakfast: 5

  • Trip staff

    Explore Tour Leader / Driver

  • Transport


    On Foot

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    5 nights comfortable hotel

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    Walking grade:


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    Group Size:

    10 - 16


Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Day 1 - Join trip at Exeter St David’s Train Station. Dartmoor walk to Chagford

The trip starts at Exeter St. David's Railway station at 11.00am. We drive to Dartmoor National Park in the heart of Devon and start exploring this beautiful area of wild, open moorlands with a great introductory walk. This vast, craggy landscape is rich with wildlife and defined by striking granite tors, wetlands, rivers and forests that have inspired authors, poets and artists through the ages. Weather permitting we plan to have a picnic at the evocative Scorhill Stone Circle, one of Dartmoor's finest Bronze Age sites. We bag our first tor at Kestor Rock and trace the flow of the North Teign River into the ancient stannary town of Chagford where there is a chance to swim at the river-fed Lido - it's quirky, but a lovely experience in the heart of the moor! Finally we drive on to our first hotel base in Moretonhampstead, a busy and picturesque town nestled in the National Park. We plan to meet for an introductory briefing at 6pm followed by a chance to get to know your fellow travellers over dinner.

Today's easy-graded walk will take approximately 3 hours and will cover a distance of 10 kilometres with a total ascent and descent of 130 metres.


Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: None

Day 2 - Walk Dartmoor - Haytor Rocks, Hound Tor and Sharrah Pool

The plan today is to continue our exploration of beautiful Dartmoor on two short circular walks. After breakfast, we drive straight out on to the moors to the rugged crag of Haytor - a high point with commanding views over both the Dartmoor landscape and all the way to the coast. We start our hike to Hound Tor, which you can see in the distance, reportedly the site that inspired Arthur Conan Doyle's book, Hound of the Baskervilles. From Hound Tor we take a different route back across the moor to Haytor.

After a break for lunch in a local cafe we drive a short distance to our second walk on the upper reaches of the River Dart, a stunning valley, where we walk through Holne Woods to Sharrah Pool - a deep, calm pool of freshwater between two cascades on the River Dart - popular with wild swimmers. As there is no lifeguard you swim at own risk. After walking back to our vehicle, we drive back to our hotel in Moretonhampstead.

Today's moderate-graded walk will take approximately 5 hours and will cover a distance of 13 kilometres with a total ascent and descent of 460 metres.


Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 3 - AM - Dartmoor walk through ancient oak woodland. PM - SW Coast Path to Bigbury

After checking out of the hotel this morning, we drive across Dartmoor to Harford at the top of the Erme River where we start our morning walk through Piles Copse - an ancient English oak woodland. We then bid farewell to Dartmoor, driving south as the Erme flows to its estuary in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where the rest of our walks take place. If the tide is low and safe to cross, we will start our walk from Mothecombe with an ankle- to knee-deep crossing of the estuary, and if the water is high we start walking from Kingston instead. We then spend the afternoon following the South West Coast Path to the stunning sandy beaches at Bigbury on Sea. If tides allow, we will walk across the causeway to Burgh Island for a well-earned pint in the Pilchard Inn, which dates from 1316. The hotel on Burgh Island is a unique example of English seaside art deco and some of Agatha Christie's novels were set here. Finally we drive to our second hotel base in Buckfastleigh, a small market town, originally an important wool centre, ideally placed with abundant water and easy access to Dartmoor where flocks of sheep could graze.

Today's moderate-graded walk will take approximately 5 to 6 hours and will cover a distance of 16 kilometres with a total ascent and descent of 340 metres.


Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 4 - Walk the Avon Estuary woodlands then South West Coast Path to Hope Cove

We start the day with a short drive to Aveton Gifford, and downstream from here the river Avon winds through its beautiful and secluded valley to the sea. The first part of today's walk takes us along the wooded banks of the Avon estuary through peaceful countryside. If the tide is low, we will explore the route on the west bank so you can see a tidal road. We then walk down the east bank of the estuary all the way to Bantham beach. Keep your eyes peeled for swans, herons and curlews as there is rich birdlife here. Trout and Salmon swim in to spawn upriver and sometimes otters can be seen fishing in the estuary. Continuing to Thurlestone, we then follow the SW Coast Path as it dips up and down on its way to our final destination at Hope Cove, one of the most special places on the South Devon coast and a great place for a swim! After some freetime here we drive back to Buckfastleigh for a nice relaxing evening.

Today's moderate-graded walk will take approximately 5 hours and will cover a distance of 13 kilometres with a total ascent and descent of 230 metres.


Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 5 - Hike the South West Coast Path - Hope Bay to Salcombe

After the drive back to Hope Cove we start our final walk - thought by many to be one of the most beautiful sections of the entire 630 miles of the SW Coast Path. Keep your eyes peeled for peregrine falcons and kestrels near Bolt Tail and after some fairly large inclines we stop for a picnic at the stunning Sour Mill Cove. The trail is quite rugged and tricky in places, but gets easier as you join the Courtney Walk. We then descend the steep rocky slopes that lead down to the sea along the final stretch to the iconic coastal town of Salcombe. You may like to try some fresh local crab and an evening pint on the banks of the estuary. Finally, we drive back to Buckfastleigh for dinner to celebrate the end of our feast of walking from moor to sea.

Today's moderate-graded walk will take approximately 5 to 6 hours and will cover a distance of 15 kilometres with a total ascent and descent of 380 metres.


Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 6 - Trip ends at Exeter St David’s Train Station

The trip ends after breakfast. For those clients interested we will drive you to Exeter St David's Train Station to drop you there by 10am for ongoing travel. If you have parked your car in Moretonhampstead please discuss with your Tour Leader so you can be dropped off there instead.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Trip information

Climate and country information

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The UK has a temperate but very variable climate. In general the summers are warm with July and August being the warmest. The winters are cool and the lowest temperatures are recorded during January and February. Whatever the season it is advisable to be prepared for rain!

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Budgeting and packing

Optional activities

The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.

Chagford lido - approx. £5


Weather on Dartmoor can be changeable from sunshine to windy days and rain. A good quality waterproof jacket is essential and we recommend waterproof trousers. We recommend hiking trousers, warm layers just in case, warm hat and gloves and sunhat. If the forecast is good, T-shirts and shorts will be fine. Swimming costume. Come prepared!


Walking boots are necessary. Bring a broken-in pair of waterproof walking boots and a comfortable pair of shoes/trainersandals for the evenings and downtime. Can be wet underfoot at times.



Luggage: On tour

One main piece of baggage and a waterproof rucksack large enough to carry what you need for the day - waterproofs, warm layer, water, picnic, sun-cream, phone etc.


You will need a small rucksack, thermos or water bottle. Insect repellent, suncream, good quality sunglasses and a lip salve with sun protection are all useful. You may find walking poles helpful. A light towel for the beach in case you want a dip when the opportunity presents. Sarong or something to cover yourself while changing into swimsuit.


Explore leader
At your discretion you might consider tipping your Tour Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.

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Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.

Lunch price
Dinner price
Beer price
Water price
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Pounds Sterling.
Recommended Currency For Exchange
Carry a combination of UK Sterling cash, ATM and credit cards.
Where To Exchange
Your tour leader will advise you on arrival.
ATM Availability
ATM's are widely available in main towns.
Credit Card Acceptance
Widely accepted.
Travellers Cheques
Can be exchanged at most banks and post offices.
Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Bus, On Foot

Accommodation notes

The White Hart, Moretonhampstead
Originally a Posting Inn built in 1639 for horse-drawn carriages crossing the moor, this Grade II listed building is now a family-owned hotel and restaurant. Sympathetically refurbished it to provide all modern comforts within a traditional setting, the rooms have ensuite facilities, TVs and tea and coffee making facilities. The restaurant features local, seasonal produce and local ales, there is a lounge and Wi-Fi is available in public areas.

Northgate House, Buckfastleigh
This comfortable hotel, set in the grounds of Buckfast Abbey, features a terrace, garden, bar and the restaurant specialises in British cuisine with seasonal ingredients from the Abbey Gardens and Abbey Farm. All rooms have modern comfort, TV, ensuite bathrooms and Wi-Fi is available in public areas.

Arrival and departure information

This trip starts and ends at Exeter St David's Train Station. Public car parking is available at the station or elsewhere in Exeter. It is also possible to leave your car in Moretonhampstead, then at the end of the trip the Tour Leader can drop you off there on the way back to Exeter. If joining the trip in Moretonhampstead it will mean you miss the first walk and we request that you please do let us know so that we are not waiting for you at Exeter station at 11am.

Essential Information

Government Travel Safety Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK citizens, check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice.

Please refer to our COVID-19 entry requirements page for any country-specific conditions of entry. Whilst we strive to update this on a regular basis we recommend you also check the FCDO website for the latest advice on entry requirements in this fast-evolving situation. Information can change at any time.

Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Visa and Passport Information

UK: Visas are not required by UK, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian citizens. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.

If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may be able to apply through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

Minimum age restrictions

For our group tours, the minimum age is 16. The minimum age on Family trips varies between 7 and 11 - please check the 'Family information' section of the trip page for more information. 


Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.

Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The complimentary transfers will be arranged from the Explore designated airport or train station to your trips joining point, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both.

The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  

For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here


It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.

Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.


Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

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Nothing compulsory, we recommend protection against tetanus, diphtheria, polio and hepatitis A. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.

Walking and Trekking information
WDM Distance Chart
Walking grade
Trek details
We walk for 3 to 6 hours each day, mostly following smaller trails on Dartmoor and the well-maintained South West Coast Path in the South Devon AONB. Terrain is varied from easy going to uneven and rocky underfoot at times, in particular with a slight scramble on day 5 on the way to Salcombe. There are ascents and descents as we go across the valleys and past the coves. The weather on Dartmoor is more changeable than on the south coast. The order of the days and routes walked may be changed in accordance with the weather and tide. One of the walks will take a different route dependent on the tide and we hope it will be possible to wade across an estuary. We have graded this trek as Moderate.
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