Stage 8: Lydford to Tavistock — the Dartmoor Way
Includes off-grid segments
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Kit P planned a hike.
December 8, 2020
One of the longest stages on the Dartmoor Way, this 15-mile (24 km) hike brings you up onto the edge of the wild moorland, round the undulating tors and down into the old market town of Tavistock. There are around 1,500 feet (460 m) of elevation and a little more in the way of descent. Due to the landscape here, the weather can be changeable.
Starting in Lydford, you might well want to visit Lydford Gorge and the stunning Devil’s Cauldron and Whitelady Waterfall. Under the care of the National Trust, members can walk the gorge for free but it would be worth paying if necessary.
Afterwards, you’ll head away from the river and cross the grassy bulk of Gibbet Hill before entering the village of Mary Tavy. The River Tavy crossing after the village is particularly pretty and from there you’ll head into Peter Tavy before making a break for the moor again.
First, you’ll reach the Combe Tors and don’t forget to look back down to the village and its church below. Next, you’ll head around the middle of Cox Tor’s rotund hill and, if you fancy it, you can climb right to the top for sweeping views. Otherwise, head on to Whitchurch Common and west into Tavistock.
This Tour has significant moorland sections and you’d do well to prepare for changeable weather. In Tavistock, you’ll find pubs, accommodation and supermarkets. There are also regular bus services to Plymouth.
December 14, 2020