Stage 1: Ivybridge to Shipley Bridge — the Dartmoor Way
Kit P planned a hike.
December 8, 2020
Stage 1 of the Dartmoor Way takes you immediately up to the moor, just to give you an initial taste of what this national park is named for. At 10 miles (16 km) long and with around 1,500 feet (460 m) of ascent and descent, you’ll get to enjoy sweeping moorland views as well as taking in some villages, farmland and an impressive waterfall on the River Avon.
This Tour starts in Ivybridge, which is the only place on the Dartmoor Way that has direct access to a mainline rail station, with trains to Cornwall, Bristol, London and further afield. You’ll also find local bus connections and car parking, making this an easy place to reach.
You’ll head north out of the town and up onto the moorland to skirt around Western Beacon hill before descending into Bittaford and crossing the farmland on the edge of the moor. The trail takes you to a pretty waterfall above South Brent but this village is also an ideal lunch stop if you want to visit a cafe or pub.
The final section takes you up to the highest point on this Tour at the edge of the moorland again, before bringing you down to the end at Shipley Bridge. This is the only stage of the Dartmoor Way which does not end in a place with accommodation. However, you can stay in South Brent or wild camp on the moor immediately above Shipley Bridge (consult the official wild camping map: dartmoor.gov.uk/about-us/about-us-maps/new-camping-map)
December 9, 2020