Stage 4: Bovey Tracey to Moretonhampstead — the Dartmoor Way
Kit P planned a hike.
December 8, 2020
Starting in the lovely town of Bovey Tracey and winding through a National Trust estate to begin, this 10 mile (16 km) hike meanders around the River Bovey through woodlands, across fields and past gorgeous old villages. It’s an undulating route with a big hill to conquer around halfway. Once you’ve gained the altitude though, you stay reasonably high. Lanes, trails and footpaths make this a serene and pretty hike.
Bovey Tracey has everything you need to begin the hike, from local supermarkets and bakeries to public toilets. You’ll head through the stunning Parke estate straight out of the town and this section can be busy with cyclists, hikers and dog walkers. It soon calms down though, once you cross the Bovey again at Drakeford Bridge.
From here, the way leads you through wonderful woodlands to the west of the river and you can visit Hisley Bridge, a wonderful old stone packsaddle bridge. After a hill in Houndtor Woods, the views open out and you’ll soon get to glimpse the lovely cottages in the hamlet of Water.
From Water, you’ll be hiking an undulating route through forests and countryside to the exceptional village of North Bovey, which looks like it’s wandered straight out of a storybook. From here to Moretonhampstead you’ll be treated to gorgeous views of the valley and rolling pastures as you ramble through field after field to reach the end of the Tour.
Moretonhampstead has good accommodation options as well as pubs, cafés and local supermarkets. You’ll also find public toilets, tourist information and bus links to Exeter and Newton Abbot.
December 11, 2020