West Devon Way - Devon County Council

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West Devon Way - Devon County Council

West Devon WayExplore the western edge of Dartmooralong this 37-mile waymarked walkingroute, linking to local buseswww.devon.gov.uk/ walkingwww. dartmoor.co.uk


Route of theWest DevonWayBrentorMary TavyTAVISTOCKLydfordPeter TavyStage 3Stage 2DARTMOORStage 4Stage 5YELVERTONOKEHAMPTONSourtonStage 6 ClearbrookBickleighStage 7PLYMOUTHMarsh MillsStage 8HooeScale: 0 1 2 3 4 5 10kmStage 1N3The 8 stagesStage 1: 5 miles (8km)Okehampton to SourtonStage 2: 4.5 miles (7.25km)Sourton to LydfordStage 3: 4.5 miles (7.25km)Lydford to Mary TavyStage 4: 4.5 miles (7.25km)Mary Tavy to TavistockStage 5: 7 miles (11.25km)Tavistock to YelvertonStage 6: 4.5 miles (7.25km)Yelverton to BickleighStage 7: 4 miles (6.5km)Bickleigh to Marsh MillsStage 8: 3 miles (5km)Marsh Mills to Hooe LakeOS Maps of the route and area:Explorer OL28 1:25,000 - coversthe majority of the routeExplorer 108 and 112 - to the westExplorer OL20 - southern end ofthe routeKey to symbols used onroute maps on following pages1ABUSiSPWest Devon WayAlternative routes/ loopsSee directions in textPoints of interestBus servicesTourist Information CentreRefreshmentsPubPublic toiletsShopsParking© Crown copyright. All rights reserved.License No: 100023302 Published 2010


Stage 1:Okehampton to SourtonDistance: 5 miles (8 km)Surfaces: Uneven surfaces, includingfields, grassy lanes and woodland tracks.Some muddy stretches after heavy rain.Gradients: A steep climb away fromthe West Okement River below MeldonViaduct. Fairly steep descent to Sourton.Otherwise gentle gradients.Obstacles: A few gates. Two footbridgeswith steps.1 The West Devon Way begins at thecentre of Okehampton. When open,start by passing through a gatedcourtyard by the Museum of DartmoorLife and Tourist Information Centre,following a path to the right hand sideof the museum, through the car parkonto Jacobs Pool, where you turn left.When closed, walk up George Street,to the left of the White Hart Hotel.Follow George Street and turn rightinto Castle Road. Where the roadbends right across the West Okementriver, continue straight ahead on thepath alongside the left bank of theriver.2 Pass through an iron kissing gateinto Old Town Park Local NatureReserve, bearing left to climb themiddle path through the woods,keeping left at two path junctions.Turn right along a surfaced bridlewayshared with traffic.3 On reaching the golf course, takethe path ahead across the golf course,taking care as you proceed. After200m, as the gravel track turnssharply to the right, continue straightahead along the path. Leave the golfcourse at a metal gate, and follow theright edge of the field ahead.Follow the 'path' signs through ametal gate and through a farmyard,to join a surfaced lane beyond thefarm. When you reach the road turnleft across the A30 road bridge.Courtyard of the Museum of Dartmoor LifeA Okehampton has a variedhistory including production ofwoollen cloth from the middle agesto the 1700s, tin and copper mining,quarrying and farming. Today,Okehampton is establishing itself asthe walking centre for northernDartmoor, with links to Meldon alongthe Dartmoor railway.B Okehampton Castle was builtshortly after the Norman conquest,and has stood in ruins since 1538when Henry VIII ordered it to bedemolished as a punishment for itsowner's treason. Today, EnglishHeritage open the grounds to thepublic over the summer months.4 Take the path to the rear of theparking area on the right, beside theA30. At a junction where a path goesto your right under the A30, keepstraight ahead on the path towardsthe river. Continue alongside the WestOkement, cross the footbridge andclimb the hill on the path bearing left.Pass through a gate, turn right onto atrack past Meldon Farm, and turn leftwhen you reach the road.4


5 Pass under the railway bridge and continue ahead, as the road soonbecomes an unsurfaced green lane. Passing through a gate,the lane widens out, then reaches the open moor throughA Sanother gate with Sourton Tors ahead.1OKEHAMPTON BUS6 Follow the stone wall on the left, then bear awayipast an old granite gate post. As you climb the hill,after 45m, look out for the route along a grassypath to the right, running parallel with an oldB 2stone wall for most of its length. Follow thispath straight across a junction of routes3until you reach a shallow cutting on yourright between two stone walls.With Sourton Church ahead of you,take this path down betweentwo parallel walls, leaving themoor and crossing theGranite Way on a trackleading into thesmall villageof Sourton.5P4Scenic Detour toScale:0 0.5 1kmPN© Crown copyright.All rights reserved.License No: 100023302Published 2010SourtonBUS6Meldon ReservoirFor a scenic detour from the WestDevon Way route, follow the roadon your left signed to MeldonReservoir at point 5 . The reservoirwas created by damming the WestOkement River, and opened in1972. From the car park and publictoilets you can access a range oflocal walks leading around thereservoir, into the surrounding hills,or towards Meldon Viaduct.Alternative route:Across the Meldon ViaductTo cross the spectacular MeldonViaduct, turn left after the A30road bridge, 4 , and opposite theparking area onto a bridlewaythrough woods.Follow the path straight ahead atany path junctions, walk under theviaduct and climb the steps.At the top, turn sharp left acrossthe viaduct, and follow the GraniteWay along the old railway path to apoint where it crosses a road.Turn left here to rejoin the WestDevon Way, 5 ,with the routeheading up the lane to the right.5


Scale:0 0.5 1km© Crown copyright.All rights reserved.License No: 100023302Published 2010Sourton1BUSNE2DBUSC4P3Lake ViaductLydfordA Ecarried the formerSouthern Railway line, has 9 archesand is built of granite. The steep,narrow valley coming down to it fromthe northeast, known as “DeepValley”, was once a copper mine.Loop/alternative route:Along the Granite Way -Sourton to BearslakeFrom Sourton, take the trackopposite the pub and follow it uphilltowards the church. Turn left anddescend to the cycle path. Turnright under the arched bridge andfollow the track for just over onemile. Follow the track through twoswing gates. The 230m of trackbetween these gates is a Right ofWay on Bank Holidays and duringAugust, at other times access is bypermission of the landowner. Ifthese gates are locked pleaseretrace your steps and follow themain West Devon Way route.Turn left down a steep tarmac trackto cross a footbridge. Follow thepath and turn left through a gatebefore passing below Lake Viaduct.Follow the track, and cross afootbridge before continuing alongthe track to the main road. Torejoin the West Devon Way, crossthe main road, and ascend the laneopposite for some 200m beforeturning left to descend along atrack at point 2 .7


Stage 3:Lydford to Mary TavyDistance: 4.5 miles (7.25 km)Surfaces: Road for approx 1 mile fromLydford. Otherwise uneven tracks overopen moorland (grass followed bygravel).Gradients: Short steep road descentand climb by Lydford Bridge. Somegradual climbs and descents.Obstacles: One gate when joiningmoor at Black Down.1 Leave the village in a southerlydirection towards Tavistock, past themedieval prison and courtroom(Lydford Castle) and the church.Trips to Lydford GorgeIf taking a trip to Lydford Gorge(there is an admission charge forthe Gorge), this can be accessed onyour right just after Lydford Bridge.At the far end of the Gorge, toreturn to the West Devon Way, gothrough the car park to the road,turn left, cross the bridge and takethe track on your right.F Lydford Gorge is the deepestgorge in the southwest and hassome spectacular sights, includinga 30m waterfall, and the 'Devil'sCauldron' whirlpools. The paththrough the Gorge is rugged,uneven and slippery with steepdrops, so care should be taken atall times. The National Trust ownsLydford Gorge and an admissioncharge is payable. There are toiletsand tea rooms at both entrances.2 Keep to the road for approximatelyone mile, then take the track on theleft immediately before the bridge withmetal parapets.3 On the track bear left and gothrough a wooden gate leading ontothe moor. Turn right, next to thefence, and follow the most obvioustrack as it continues roughly parallel tothe fence, then alongside a stone wall,then ahead to join a clearer path.This in turn leads to a surfaced lane.4 Continue ahead on the lane for150m and where a track goes off tothe right, leave the lane on a path thatbears left over the moorland, goinggently uphill.5 Keep on the path as it climbs past asmall cairn, then descends to join aroad. Cross the cattle grid and followthe road to reach the A386 in thevillage of Mary Tavy.G Brentor ChurchThe Church of St Michael de Rupe(St Michael of the Rock), built 335mabove sea level, is an iconic featureof the West Devon skyline. Twolegends are told about how thechurch came to be built here. Thefirst is that a wealthy merchantvowed to build a church on the firstland he saw if he survived a violentstorm at sea, and this was Brentor.The second claims that while thechurch was being built at the foot ofthe hill, the Devil would move thestones that had been laid to the top- maybe to deter worshippers fromthe hard climb. Another version ofevents is that the church was builtin 1155 by the lord of Lamerton andWhitchurch.8


Loop route: BrentorAt 4 continue on the lane turningright on meeting another road,Nfollowing it to North Brentor. Turnleft at the T-junction (by the warmemorial) and as the road bearsright, take the cul-de-sac to theleft, which turns into a publicfootpath signed to South Brentor.Continue to follow across a numberof fields. On reaching anunsurfaced unclassified countryFroad, turn right to reach a lane.Bear left and follow for around600m until you see a signed publicbridleway at a metal gate on yourright. Leave the road here to climbBUSBrent Tor.To return to the West Devon Wayretrace your steps to theunsurfaced unclassified countryroad (signed not suitable formotors). Stay on this track crossingWortha Mill Bridge, and turn righton meeting a road to rejoin theWest Devon Way at the cattle griddescribed in 5 .BUS4G5Mary TavySScale: 0 0.5 1kmLydford GorgeBUS231BUS© Crown copyright.All rights reserved.License No: 100023302Published 2010LydfordBrentor Church9


Stage 4:Mary Tavy to TavistockDistance: 4.5 miles (7.25 km)Surfaces: Tarmac roads, gravel anduneven rocky paths. Fields betweenMary Tavy and Harford Bridge. Wet andmuddy in winter around field entrancesand stiles.Gradients: A number of short climbsand descents near Mary and Peter Tavy.Very steep road sections at Violet Bankand Green Hill.Obstacles: A number of stiles andgates on section between Mary Tavy andHarford Bridge.1 From the main road in Mary Tavy(the A386) take the track oppositeBrentor Road. Follow this down to alane and bear right. Keep ahead atthe first road junction.2 Pass the school and at the nextjunction bear left. Pass Mary Tavychurch and at the end of the road,take the footpath which goes downthe track to the right.H Mary Tavy The leats andwater courses which were once usedto work local copper, silver and leadmining machinery are now utilisedby a hydro-electricity power stationat Mary Tavy.3 Take the track downhill and crossthe footbridge then climb steeply tothe right-hand bend. Climb the stileon the left then follow the wall onyour right uphill to a gate. Continuewith the hedge and a wire fence onyour right through a gate to anothergate and stile.Climb the stile and continue ahead,hedge still to the right, and descendto a gate. Pass through and now withRemains of Tavistock Abbeythe hedge on your left continuestraight ahead across the field to agap in the wall, then on to a stonestile. Continue across the next field toan obvious gap in the hedge, andthen head for the gate next to aprominent tree to the right of thebuildings. Go through the gate anddown the track to reach a lane.4 At the lane turn left and crossHarford Bridge and the River Tavyand take the right fork at thejunction. Climb the hill and at thesmall crossroads after 300m take thenarrow lane to the right.I Harford Bridge This Grade IIthListed Building is probably of 16Century origin. Built of local graniteand metamorphic stone it wasthrebuilt in the mid 19 Century. Thelocation marks where stags crossedthe Tavy in Saxon times, the namederiving from “hart ford.”5 Eventually the lane descends tomeet a main road. Be very carefulover the next 70m. This is a busyroad with no footway. Turn right andkeep to the nearside. After 70mcarefully cross to the footpath. At thejunction opposite the school entranceturn left up Violet Lane then, nearthe top, turn right, down the hill.10


7 At the bottom carefully cross the1 Mary Tavyroad to the footpath and turn left. At N BUSthe next junction carefully cross the Smain road and bear left. Bear leftagain at the next junction (DolvinRoad) and follow to the bridge above2Tavistock Weir.HJ Tavistock A small Saxon3community existed here in thethearly 8 Century beside the RiverTavy. A Benedictine Abbey wasfounded around the year 974, andthe town developed around thethabbey. By the early 12 CenturyTavistock had a market and a fair,and in 1305 become one of thefour Devon stannary towns. Itsprosperity came firstly frommedieval tin mining, then from thethcloth trade and, in the earlier 19ICentury, from the copper boom,BUSwhich eventually collapsed in the41870s. Today, Tavistock is a busytown, with markets and a numberof specialist shops and cafésattracting visitors.Scale:0 0.5 1km© Crown copyright. All rights reserved.License No: 100023302 Published 20107 Turn right across the bridge,5 and immediately cross the road6when opposite the Post Office.J i After crossing, turn left and thenS Pimmediately right following theBUSriverside path on the right bank7of the River Tavy.TAVISTOCK8 This path follows theriverbank into the TavistockMeadows.11


Stage 5:Tavistock to YelvertonDistance: 7 miles (11.25 km)Surfaces: Road, gravel, grass, unevenin the Walkham Valley. Some sectionscan be muddy and wet.Gradients: Some steep climbs anddescents in the River Walkham area.Obstacles: Steps and a narrowfootbridge.1 From Abbey Bridge follow the pathon the right bank of the River Tavy.Pass a pedestrian bridge on your left,and after a further 50m fork right andfollow a path through a subway underthe A386. Double back on your right(using the steps or slope) to reachthe road and turn right alongside it.2 Follow the main road for a shortdistance and follow the pavementinto the first road on your right.Follow the path past the schoolplaying fields. Cross the minor roadand continue along the cycle path,crossing the River Tavy bridge toreach Brook Lane.3 Turn right towards Walreddon andcontinue straight on, ignoring all sideturnings.4 At the cattle grid go straight on,following the track downhill acrossopen moorland and then into woodland.Where the bridleways meet,take the right fork steeply downhill tothe river. Turn right alongside theriver, following the path up and rounda rocky knoll to reach a footbridge atDouble Waters, a picturesque spotwhere the Rivers Tavy and Walkhammeet as they descend from Dartmoor,and flow on to the River Tamar.NDrake statue,Tavistock52BUS3i PS5 Cross the bridge and walk up tothe track. Turn left and follow thetrack as it turns into a tarmac roadand climbs uphill.14 K6Footbridge at Double WatersTAVISTOCK6 Just before you reach a cattle gridturn left alongside a bank. Follow thebank for approximately 550m untilyou reach a right-angled corner thenfollow the grassy path diagonally toyour left.K Grenofen Wood and WestDown SSSI: Over 80 lichen specieshave been recorded in GrenofenWoods including some rare anduncommon species. The woodlandvalley slopes are dominated by oak,while West Down is a south facingslope of acid grassland.7Scale:0 0.5 1km7 At the next corner of the wall,head diagonally to your left to aminor road. Turn left and follow ituntil you reach a T junction.8 Cross the road and follow thegrassy track, where it divides bearleft. Pass a bench and bear left again.Pass a second bench, keep straightahead on the level path until youreach the surfaced cycleway.Turn right along it.89 Follow the cycleway tothe minor road at LegO' Mutton. Cross theroad and continue tofollow the cyclewayaround the edge ofthe car park andpast the play areato the roundaboutat Yelverton.916LBUSPSYELVERTON© Crown copyright. All rights reserved.License No: 100023302 Published 2010L Yelverton and RoboroughDown: Near the main road are theremains of RAF Harrowbeer, a WWIIairfield - for more information, seewww.rafharrowbeer.co.uk Shopsin Yelverton were reduced to singlestorey for the safety of aircraft usingthe airfield. Grass-banked Spitfireshelters remain around its edges.Roborough DownLinear Walk:From Tavistock to CrowndaleThis linear walk follows a pleasant,level path alongside Tavistock Canalto Crowndale Farm - reputed to bethe birthplace of Sir Francis Drakein around 1540.After passing through the subway1 and climbing the stepsimmediately on your right, leavethe West Devon Way by passingthrough the gap in the hedge fromthe lower paved path to thenarrower path alongside theTavistock Canal, and turn left.Follow this path past the school andcollege. After around 600m thepath enters Crowndale woods.Continue for another 600m untilyou reach Crowndale Farm on yourleft, at which point you cancontinue following the path alongsidethe Canal for another mile toShillamill Viaduct, or retrace yoursteps back to the West Devon Way.12 13


Stage 6:Yelverton to BickleighDistance: 4.5 miles (7.25 km)Surfaces: Tarmac, gravel and grass.Some muddy and stony sections.Gradients: Generally fairly level, witha couple of short steep sections.Obstacles: Some stiles and narrowkissing gates.1 From the church at the roundaboutfollow the tarmac road parallel to theA386 and continue alongside Drake'sLeat. Cross a bridge and continuealong the cycleway.2 Turn left over a bridge and thenimmediately right on the trackalongside the leat. After 200m takethe public footpath to Hoo Meavy onyour left, follow over a bridge anddescend to pass through a gate.Follow the track downhill and at thenext T junction turn right.M Leats:The leats here were built to provide awater supply. Sir Francis Drakeprimarily initiated and directed theconstruction of The Drake's (orPlymouth) Leat, which was originallydug in 1591 to take water toPlymouth and is granite lined. TheDevonport Leat is wide and deepand, higher on Dartmoor, still carrieswater to the Burrator Reservoir. TheWest Devon Way passes by both ofthese leats south of Yelverton.3 Follow the track as it turns leftunder the railway and turnimmediately right through a kissinggate.Follow the path, as it passes throughanother kissing gate and continuesthrough a gate to the right of ahouse. Follow the track to reach theroad below Clearbrook.Clearbrook4 Turn left along the road and thenimmediately before the road bridgeturn right over a stile onto a riversidepublic footpath through fields,woodland and gates to another roadat Goodameavy.N Goodameavy:This is where the West Devon Wayjoins the old GWR line betweenPlymouth and Princetown orTavistock. This stretch of line followsthe course of the River Plym andcrosses a number of imposingviaducts.5 At the road turn right, go underthe railway bridge, then turn left andshortly afterwards left again onto therailway path and cycleway. Turn rightalong the cycleway.6 Follow the cycle way through the300m Shaugh Tunnel. An atmosphericexperience, a torch is recommended!Pass the old station at Shaugh Haltand cross over the Ham GreenViaduct.14


1MBUS23PSYELVERTONN7 If leaving the walk here to catch abus at Bickleigh, pass under a bridgethen turn sharp left off of thecycleway (shown in red on the map).Follow the path to the road and turnleft crossing over the old railwaybridge. Continue on the road toBickleigh village where you will beable to catch a bus.4Loop Routes:There are 3 circular walking routesin the Yelverton area ranging fromeasy 4.5 mile walks to difficult 9mile walks - further informationabout these can be found atwww.drakestrail.co.uk or bypicking up a Drake’s Trail routepack from the Tourist InformationCentre at Tavistock.BUS5N6OO National Cycle Route 27:Published 2010Scale: 0 0.5 1km Clearbrook and Tavistock.As well as being the West DevonWay, the old railway path also carriesBickleigh BUSthe Devon Coast to Coast cycleroute. The Plym Valley Cycle Way© Crown copyright.between Plymouth and ClearbrookAll rights reserved. 7License No: 100023302becomes the Drake's Trail between15


Stage 7:Bickleigh toMarsh MillsDistance: 4 miles (6.5 km)Gradients: Generally level along thecourse of an old railway line. One quitesteep slope from the Bickleigh Camp laneonto the cycle way.Obstacles: There are no stiles, gatesor other barriers, this route is suitable forwheelchairs and buggies.If starting your walk from the busstop at Bickleigh Camp, walk downhillaway from the village, ignoring theturning on the left hand side signpostedto Shaugh Prior. Instead crossover the old railway and turn rightstraight away on to the path whichjoins the cycle way and then leftalong the route of the old railway line.1 The walk now follows the cycle wayall the way to Plym Bridge, crossingspectacular viaducts over deepwooded valleys along the course ofthe River Plym. In early times, thePlym Valley was not as peaceful as itis now. The Plymouth-TavistockRailway and the earlier horse drawnPrincetown Railway both passed thisway.2 The route passes over theBickleigh and Riverford Viaducts, highover the Plym.3 At Plym Bridge, follow the path onthe left that takes you down to thecar park, cross over to the gap in thefence on the other side and bear righton the path that will take you toCoypool, near Marsh Mills.Peregrine FalconP Peregrines at PlymbridgeWoods:It is thought that peregrines havenested on and off at this former slatequarry (Cann Quarry) for fifty yearsor more. More recently records showthem to be present every year sinceat least 1995. The RSPB have around50 volunteers that watch and protectthe birds, and there are around25,000 visits each year to theViaduct from which they can beobserved. You can see nestingperegrines on the web cam atwww.plym-peregrines.co.uk4 After a while you will see a railwayline on your left where the volunteersof the Plym Valley Railway Associationare aiming to restore and operate amile and a half of the old linebetween Marsh Mills and Plym Bridge.The line used to run from TavistockJunction, just outside of Plymouth, toLaunceston. The Association ispreserving steam and diesellocomotives, carriages andwagons.See www.plymrail.co.uk for detailsand a timetable of public passengerrides on the line from the station atMarsh Mills to Lee Moor Crossing,a distance of 1,200m.Photo: David Palmer16


5 When you reach Coypool,the Park and Ride is on theright hand side, from where,on Mondays-Saturdays a buswill take you back into thecentre of Plymouth.BUSNBickleigh BUSIf walking this route on a Sunday,continue on to Marsh Mills East onPlymouth Road to catch a bus intoPlymouth.1Q Marsh Mills:The name 'Marsh Mills' denoted theformer large flour mill, east ofLongbridge. Marsh Mills station, fromthwhere the 19 Century mill ownerssent their flour to be carried by therail network, was closed in 1962after serving the area for 101 years.2P34BUS5Crossing Plym Bridge© Crown copyright. All rights reserved.License No: 100023302 Published 201017QSScale:0 0.5 1km


Stage 8:Marsh Mills toHooe LakeDistance: 3 miles (5 km)Surfaces: Mainly tarmac.Gradients: Almost flat.Obstacles: Busy roads.1 Starting from the Coypool Park andRide site follow the signs to the CityCentre, then bear left past an oldrailway platform (signposted Saltramand Laira Bridge). Go under theelevated A38 dual carriageway.2 The path now keeps to the RiverPlym alongside Saltram Housegrounds, then next to a tarmac roadon to a main road next to Laira Bridge.U Saltram:Saltram House, above the RiverPlym, is a Georgian Mansion ownedby The National Trust. SaltramHouse is filled with a notablecollection of paintings and furniture,many of which can be seen today.Visitors can enjoy the gallery, tearoom, restaurant and walks in thegardens and park. The parklandoffers a good location from which towatch wading birds in the estuary.3 Cross the main road very carefullyand turn left to the roundabout. Turnright here, cross a road and headtowards Oreston. Cross another roadto a path which soon becomes adisused railway line.4 After the road bridge, bear leftonto the path towards the watervisible ahead (Hooe Lake).5 Carry on to Radford Castle onthe dam between Hooe Lake andRadford Lake.VRadford Castle:thThis was built in the 19 Century asan embellishment to the grounds ofRadford Park, the home of theHarris family of Plymstock.This is the southern end of the WestDevon Way. We hope you enjoyedyour walk, be it just one or all eightstages!From here you can connect with theSouth West Coast Path or, via theErme-Plym Trail with the TwoMoors Way.For a scenic trip back to Plymouth,join the Coast Path throughTurnchapel to Mount Batten andcatch a passenger ferry back to theBarbican and city centre.W Plymouth:The maritime city of Plymouth hasmuch to offer visitors. The Barbicanarea is the historic heart ofPlymouth, the quay is still used bylocal fisherman, and boat trips tothe naval dockyards departregularly from the harbour.On Plymouth Hoe, where Drake issaid to have been bowling prior tosetting sail to battle the Armada, isSmeaton's Tower. The red and whitelighthouse spent 123 years on theEddystone Rocks before beingre-erected here in 1884.18


NBUS1SBUSSDrake’s statue and Smeaton’s Tower,on Plymouth HoeU2PBUSiWS3BUS4S5V© Crown copyright. All rights reserved. License No: 100023302 Published 2010Scale:0 0.5 1kmHooe Lake19


Other Walking and Cycling Routes in the AreaThe West Devon Way is just one ofseveral walks and circuits that makethe most of the impressive scenery inDevon and Cornwall.The local Tourist Information Centreshave guides and information aboutother local walks, and moreinformation about walks, accessibilityand accommodation can be found onthe www.visitdevon.co.ukor www.dartmoor.co.uk websites.WTOCASTLESTRAThe Two Castles TrailThis 24 mile route links the medievalcastles of Okehampton andLaunceston, passing through a varietyof landscapes, including moorland inthe east, woodland and river valleys.In addition to the two castlesthemselves, it also gives insightsinto a wealth of historic interestalong the way including a woodedhilltop Iron Age fort, and the site ofa Dark Age battle.The Tamar ValleyDiscovery TrailThis is an exciting and varied route,straddling two counties, crossing tworivers and taking in the Tamar ValleyArea of Oustanding Natural Beauty.ILIt runs for 34 miles from Launcestonto Tamerton Foliot on the northernoutskirts of Plymouth. The rivercrossing at Calstock can be made bytrain, and there may be a ferryservice during the summer months.LauncestonTwo Castles TrailTamar ValleyDiscovery TrailWest Devon WayOkehamptonPlymouthThe West Devon TriangleThe West Devon Way, the TamarValley Discovery Trail and the TwoCastles Trail can be linked together toform a 90 mile triangle of walksthrough West Devon, taking in aNational Park and an Area ofOutstanding Natural Beauty.The South West Coast PathThis renowned and stunning 630 mileroute follows the coastline of theentire Devon and Cornwall peninsula,from Poole in south Dorset toMinehead in north Somerset, passingthrough the Lizard, Land's End andTintagel, among a variety ofattractions. It is accessible from theWest Devon Way at Plymouth.20


The Two Moors WayThe Two Moors Way is a 102 mile routebetween Ivybridge in the south andLynmouth in the north, making it anideal week's walk.The route links the only two NationalParks in southern England, and crossesboth of them north-south. It passesthrough exceptionally scenic landscapes,including the high and remotemoorland of some of the Dartmoor andExmoor sections, and the deep andwooded valleys of the moorland edgesand between the moors, unspoilt ruralscenery with a remote and tranquilcharacter that is difficult to match.The Erme-Plym TrailThe Erme-Plym trail connects the TwoMoors Way to the South West CoastPath, creating a spectacular coast tocoast walk. The 15 mile, generallyeasy path takes in the Erme Valleysouth of Ivybridge as well as followinga cross-country route throughattractive pastoral landscape.27Drake's TrailDrake's Trail, running betweenTavistock and Clearbrook, is part ofSustrans National Cycle Route 27,which links Devon’s north and southcoasts. Once completed, the Trail willlink to the Plym Valley Trail andPlymouth to the south, and theGranite Way and Okehampton in thenorth. A network of cycling andwalking routes radiates from the Trail,of varying difficulty and scenery,ranging from 3 to 16 miles.Check the Drake's Trail website atwww.drakestrail.co.uk for moredetails, including access todownloadable maps, podcasts andevent information.Dartmoor National ParkTo find out more about walking in theNational Park including events andguided walks, visitwww.dartmoor-npa.gov.ukArea of Outstanding Natural BeautyTamar TrailsThere are numerous walking, cycling,and horse riding opportunities in theTamar Valley Area of OutstandingNatural Beauty. These short routestake in dramatic riverside and woodlandscenery, and as part of theCornwall & West Devon Mining WorldHeritage Site, you are never far awayfrom some history! Find out more atwww.tamarvalley.org.ukDartmoor RailwayPassenger trains run from Mid Devonthrough Okehampton Station toMeldon Viaduct, with aspirations tolink to the National Rail Network. Therailway provides a fantastic car freeway to access the walking and cyclingopportunities of Dartmoor. Visitwww.dartmoor-railway.co.uk formore information.21


Useful information for VisitorsLocal Tourist Information Centresare able to provide details ofaccommodation, events,recreational activities, places to eatand drink, and visitor attractions inthe area and near to the route -everything that's needed to makeyour visit enjoyable!OkehamptonTourist Information Centre3 West StreetOkehamptonDevon EX20 1JZ01837 53020TavistockTourist Information CentreThe Archway,Bedford SquareTavistockDevon, PL19 0AETel: 01822 612938PlymouthTourist Information CentrePlymouth Mayflower3 - 5 The BarbicanPlymouth PL1 2TRTel: 01752 306330Visitor information about theDartmoor area can be found atwww.dartmoor.co.uk This siteincludes information about where tostay, things to do, eating anddrinking, and events. The site alsohas an online booking facility foraccommodation and includesspecial offers!To plan your visit or holiday to Devon,including booking accommodation,food and drink, events and activities(including walking!), you will find awealth of information atwww.visitdevon.co.ukFor in-depth information aboutaccommodation, things to do andeating out in the Tamar Valley area,visit the Tamar Valley TourismAssociation website atwww.tamarvalleytourism.co.ukFree booklets about Devon's coastand countryside including walkingtrails, cycling, horse riding andwildlife can be ordered through theDevon County Council website atwww.devon.gov.uk22


Transport informationWhy not leave your car at home whenexploring the West Devon Way? Theroute gives good opportunities forusing public transport to walk parts,or the entire route.BUS Bus connections / bus stops areidentified on the individual stagemaps throughout this booklet.The southern part of the West DevonWay is served by frequent servicesbetween Plymouth and Tavistock.These can be caught at Tavistock orYelverton, or by diverting from thewalk by a mile or two, from Bickleighor Clearbrook. Frequent PlymouthCitybuses serve Marsh Mills and theCity Centre. Most of these routesoperate daily, including eveningsand Sundays.Bus services also run parallelto the West Devon Waybetween Tavistock andOkehampton with stopsat Mary Tavy, Brentor,Lydford and Sourton.Operating year round,there are extraservices onsummer Sundays.For up-to-dateinformation ontimetables callTraveline on0871 200 22 33or visitwww.traveline.org.ukBe a Green VisitorDo not disturb any livestock, keepyour dog under close control andleave all gates as you find them.Take your litter home with you andrecycle if possible.Do not disturb wild animals, birdsor flowers.Whether you are walking, cyclingor driving, take special care oncountry roads.If possible, leave your car at homeand take the bus or train.Buy locally produced goods,including food and souvenirs.Support local shops, garages andother local services.23


West Devon WayExplore the western edge of Dartmooralong this 37-mile waymarked walkingroute, linking to local busesThe West Devon Way is arecreational route forwalkers of 37 miles, runningfrom Okehampton in thenorth to Plymouth at itssouthern end.The walk is relatively easy,crossing a range of terrains andfollowing a waymarked routewith directions described in thisbooklet. The West Devon Wayhas been divided into eightsections, all accessible at eachend by public transport.The route follows the westernedge of Dartmoor passing avariety of historic settlements,over moorland and along greenlanes to the market town ofTavistock, before woodland andriverside paths lead east toYelverton.South of Yelverton, the routemeanders close to the RiverMeavy, through the 300mShaugh Tunnel, and along theold Plymouth to Launcestonrailway line as it descends intoPlymouth.The area has an interestinghistory, and many local relicsrelating to its medieval tinmining prosperity. Sir FrancisDrake was born less than a milefrom Tavistock at Crowndale,and the route crosses one of hislegacies - the Drake's (orPlymouth) Leat, constructed inththe 16 Century to tap the riverMeavy to supply Plymouth withwater.West DevonBoroughCouncilSouth HamsDistrict CouncilDesign by www.graphicwords.com 2010/15K


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