3.6 of 5 (16 votes)

A moorland adventure

A strenuous walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Dartmoor in Devon, England, about 27.10km (16.84 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 9:30h (1 overnight stay). It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 588m (1929ft)
Descent 583m (1912ft)
Max. Elevation 620m (2034ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 1171m (3841ft)
Start & End
Okehampton Station
Distance 27.10km
Duration ~9:30h
Ordnance Survey Map
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by GaryShipp on 22 Jan 2012
This route is a circuitous way to the highest summit of the moor, taking in some of the wilder places and viewpoints on the way.

Walk Functions


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Walk Map

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Services run from Exeter St Davids on summer Sundays
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Head for the corner of the car park where you'll find a gate through to some steps. Turn right on the track and head through Tramlines Wood.
About 0.07 km (~0.04 miles) from
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At the river, turn right. Go under the railway bridge, and then the considerably less aesthetic road bridge and follow the western bank of the East Okement River.
About 1.05 km (~0.65 miles) from
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Beautiful wooded river valley known in this part of the world as a 'cleave'.
About 0.72 km (~0.45 miles) from
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Cross over the river here.
About 0.69 km (~0.43 miles) from
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Whilst these are hills, rather than mountains, there are still plenty of slopes to get the pulse racing.
About 0.25 km (~0.16 miles) from
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Cross the wide track and head south east to the beckoning rocky ridge
About 0.91 km (~0.57 miles) from
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Scattered and shattered rocks abound. Keep to the high point for atmospheric views in all directions.
About 0.56 km (~0.35 miles) from
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As always, one can only marvel at the work that went in to building this.
About 0.56 km (~0.35 miles) from
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Join the path again and head south to the imposing summit of Oke Tor.
About 0.70 km (~0.43 miles) from
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Military use of the moor is evident here. Look out for the red range flag indicating live firing is going on in the area, in which case you'll need to make a plan B for your route.
About 1.32 km (~0.82 miles) from
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Depending on recent rain fall, this could be a quick splash across, or something requiring a little more caution.
About 1.40 km (~0.87 miles) from
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Looking south you'll trully experience the feeling of wilderness that Dartmoor can conjure.
About 2.49 km (~1.55 miles) from
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For full background to this place visit http://www.legendarydartmoor.co.uk/cranmere_pool.htm
About 1.43 km (~0.89 miles) from
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After your recent bog hopping, you might welcome the respite of this track. Yet it still seems terribly out of place in this otherwise wild area.
About 1.92 km (~1.19 miles) from
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Turn left and head along the path.
About 1.02 km (~0.63 miles) from
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Turn left at the junction.
About 1.04 km (~0.65 miles) from
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About 0.72 km (~0.45 miles) from
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Dartmoor's high point at a heady 621m.
About 1.18 km (~0.73 miles) from
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The slightly lower partner to High Willhays, but a little more presence as a 'proper' Dartmoor Tor.
About 1.08 km (~0.67 miles) from
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Crossopen ground, heading (if visibility allows) towards the reservoir.
About 1.33 km (~0.83 miles) from
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Easy going downhill towards the reservoir.
About 0.78 km (~0.48 miles) from
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An impressive site against the back drop of the blackened moor.
About 0.44 km (~0.27 miles) from
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For details see http://www.meldonviaduct.co.uk. Worth the walk under and then over this impressive piece of railway architecture.
About 0.75 km (~0.47 miles) from
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An easy route back to the start.
About 0.86 km (~0.53 miles) from
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Okehampton station again. For your train or the cafe.
About 2.63 km (~1.63 miles) from

5 comments... join the discussion!

30 Apr 2018
Thanks To The Poster Of The Walk - Tim

Echoing what Richard, says, it was pretty epic. Your description of 9.5 hours and 'strenuous' was spot on. I think we took 9.5 hours exactly and did find it strenuous, the boggy stuff and rock strew parts occasionally mean you can't progress fast, and there are some good climbs.
we were blessed with no wind and no rain at all, and I can imagine how tough it would be if you did. Thanks!

30 Apr 2018
Challenging But Inspiring Walk!

An excellent day-long walk for the 5 moderately fit but inexperienced 40 somethings named above.

I am still aching, but I was as inspired by the vistas and vastness, as I was tested by the boggy bogginess at times.

Many thanks to David for organising and Tim (if indeed it was you) for generating and offering the very accurate GPX download.

25 Apr 2018
Walk In One Day

Thanks Tim, that's helpful. We will make a final call the night before and see how we feel as a group!

Tim Woods
11 Apr 2018
Walk In One Day

It would be a very long day, and you'd probably need good weather. Given the winter we've had, it might be very wet going up there.

You could set out (early) and go for it, and have a back-up plan to cut across around waypoint 10/11 if time is pushing on. There aren't many shortcuts once you're out there!

Have fun!

10 Apr 2018
Advice On This Walk

Plan to do this in two weeks time. It is suggested with an overnight stop? Hoping to do it within a day - feasible for a group of moderately fit but inexperienced 40 somethings?!

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