Dartmoor North to South

Submitted by GaryShipp on 11 June 2007
OS Explorer Maps: OL28 - DartmoorOL20 - South Devon
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A linear, multi-day low hills and fells (below 600m) walk in national park Dartmoor (England) starting at Okehampton, Devon, about 45.9km (roughly 28.5 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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This classic two day amble across the wilds of the West Country is blessed with excellent public transport links at either end and a warm, friendly and welcoming pub for the overnight stay in Princetown
Start: Okehampton, OS Grid: SX588953
End: Ivybridge Railway Station, OS Grid: SX647567
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OL28 - Dartmoor (buy with 10% off)
OL20 - South Devon (buy with 10% off)
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 832m (2730ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 1676m (5498ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 843m (2768ft)
Max. Elevation: 600m (1968ft)

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OS Grid: SX588953
Start of the walk
About 9.6 km (roughly 6 miles) from 1 OS Grid: SX617861
There are many ways to get to this point, but this is where the moors show their true face !!
About 6.4 km (roughly 4 miles) from 2 OS Grid: SX606797
Much of the true wilderness has now passed. March on and head for the twin beacons above Princeton and a well earned seat at the Plume of Feathers.
About 6.5 km (roughly 4 miles) from 3 OS Grid: SX591735
Whilst some people do manage the whole route ina day, why rush ! Take the weight of your feet and a pint in your hand at either of Princetons public houses. Accommodation is also available to suit the pocket, from a night under canvas, a bunk behind the Plume, or a comfortable B and B.
About 3.8 km (roughly 2.4 miles) from 4 OS Grid: SX604698
Admire the views of the northern moor alongside the gentler slopes of the Southern half and away to the coast.
About 5.1 km (roughly 3.1 miles) from 5 OS Grid: SX645668
Pick up the route of the old dismantled tramway for a route march towards your destination.
About 6.2 km (roughly 3.8 miles) from 6 OS Grid: SX653607
It's all downhill from here !
About 4.1 km (roughly 2.6 miles) from 7 OS Grid: SX647567
Not served amazingly well, so plan in advance.
8 comments ...join the discussion!
Timwoods  commented on 19 June 2007
It's a good'un
This walk is great, Dartmoor is one of our neglected parks but is simply stunning
GaryShipp  commented on 27 June 2007
Top walktastic
Walks don't come any moor appealing . . .
louise daniel  commented on 01 July 2007
Wild open moorland
This is a test comment - i did this walk years ago and it's very good. Dartmoor is wonderful, wild, windy, dramatic scenery, often wet, with fantastic outcrops of rock - great for kids to scramble on and climb.
John Grace  commented on 04 November 2012
Across Dartmoor
Four of us are intending this in June 2013. If you have any further infurmation, please let me know. many thanks John
Timwoods  commented on 05 November 2012
Dartmoor walks
Hi John The main thing to check is connections to Okehampton. There are usually buses, but the train from Exeter doesn't always run so check beforehand. We did this one in the summer (from south the north) and stayed at Foxtor cafe in Princetown - good base and great breakfasts. www.foxtorcafe.com. A write-up on our blog: http://www.carfreewalks.org/blog/a_walk_in_two_woods.html Two tips: make sure you have wet weather gear, as it can be very wet and windy even in June. And make sure your navigation skills are good - the southern part of the moor can be hard to navigate in bad weather when you can't pick out features on the horizon. But it's a great walk, have fun!
Wheatland Farm http://www.wheatlandfarm.co.uk  commented on 04 March 2013
Suitable for 10yr old?
Hi, thinking about crossing Dartmoor with my 10yr old son in summer 2013. He's pretty active but it might take 4days not 2? Would the terrain be ok if we took it slower and bivvied along the way? Think we'd only try it if forecast was good, being fairly local we'd wait for clear skies!
Timwoods  commented on 06 March 2013
10 year old
Hi there, Well it's certainly possible to do it with a 10-year-old, but don't underestimate how wild it gets! Also, the moor is pretty much divided into two halves, with the road through the middle. The other halves are basically empty, so you would need to camp. Could be great in good weather! One alternative would be to head along one side, rather than go through the middle. So if you chose the paths along the eastern side, for example, you have a few get-out points where you can hop to a village for the night. My advice would be go for it, but have a plan b in case the weather turns bad as it can turn very quickly out there and when it's wild, it's wild!
Neil  commented on 29 January 2014
wild camping/dangers
Hi i'm thinking of doing this walk over a couple of days, with a slight detour near to avon dam near the end. where are the best spots to wild camp? Was thinking of camping near princetown/two bridges and then again maybe near the dam. Any suggestions would be most welcome. Thanks, Neil.
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