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Walking the Two Moors Way

Listed under Walking in Plymouth, United Kingdom.

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This is a fantastic walk that takes you all the way across the two moors National Parks, it’s got beautiful views and acres of open fields edged by private valleys thick with trees and undergrowth.

It’s really clearly marked between Ivybridge, near the edge of Dartmoor and Lynmouth near the north edge of Exmoor. There’s lots of different sights and scenery along the way including a short detour to the comedy named Castle Drogo (it’s a lot better than it sounds!) and some attractive thatched cottage style villages.

Drongo isn’t even the silliest name on the trip, the route passes Piddledown Common, where there’s a great little pub with a beer garden based on the German ones by the river. The second day takes you past a nice stretch of water and a small falls into Jordon where there’s an ancient church which is worth a wander through.

The mid section of the walk is the most easy going, though the whole journey is quite steady, and it meanders pleasantly between fields (‘cause no one wanted to give right of way on their land when the route was being planned) on ancient tracks.

The section across the moors of Exmoor is my favourite part of the walk, the last time I went the weather was ideal, warm, sunny and windy and there wasn’t anywhere I’d rather be. The very end of the trip takes you out to the coast which is always a nice way to end a journey.

I’d say this is a good trip for first time walkers because there’s no hard going and lots of variety. I’d also say book ahead (check out the selection at The Hotel Guru), I didn’t have too much trouble but one of my walking companions has spent a stressful 40 minutes wondering where he was going to sleep. There’s a car service if you don’t want to carry a pack, but though I’m one to embrace luxury in the form of a few pints and a warm DRY bed I think a park service on this kind of trip is probably unnecessary.

Written by  Russ Claridge.

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