Two Moors Way Coast to Coast
About this walk
The Devon Coast to Coast walk (Two Moors Way) runs between Wembury on the South Devon coast and Lynmouth on the North Devon coast, passing through two National Parks, Dartmoor and Exmoor.
The Two Moors Way is an amazing route of 187km/117 miles, passing through the gently rolling South Hams, the Heart of Devon – Dartmoor’s beautiful National Park, then Exmoor’s sandstone plateau in their National Park.
On the Dartmoor section walkers will encounter Bronze Age hut circles, standing stones and rows; extensive tin-working evidence dating from medieval times; herds of free-living ponies, wooded valleys and sparkling rivers, small stone-walled fields and attractive hamlets.
The route doesn’t have to be walked in one go and can be split into a number of great day walks. It’s also not particularly challenging in terms of terrain, but there are a couple of tricky stretches – such as from Ivybridge to Scoriton on Dartmoor, across largely unsigned moorland.
There are some stages lacking in places to buy food and drink, with limited accommodation (especially in Mid Devon), so it’s important to plan your trip properly. We’ve listed some Dartmoor accommodation for you below.
The South West’s National Parks
Dartmoor and Exmoor are both protected for the nation as National parks. The only two National Parks in the South-West, they host some of the UK’s most outstanding scenery and offer unrivalled opportunities for recreation.
Dartmoor National Park
Designated in 1951, Dartmoor covers some 953 sq.km. of heather-covered moorland, granite tors, stone circles, iconic Dartmoor ponies and vibrant villages with traditional events.
Exmoor National Park
Exmoor was designated a National Park in 1954, covers 694 sq. km. and offers a vast diversity of landscape. The moorlands give way to the sea with some of the highest cliffs in England. Exmoor is Europe’s first International Dark Sky Reserve and is a wonderful place to view wildlife.