Stage 9: Tavistock to Shaugh Prior — the Dartmoor Way
Hiking Highlight (Segment)
Kit P planned a hike.
December 8, 2020
This 12-mile (19 km) Tour has got a little bit of everything. From riverside trails to villages, hills and some moorland views, you’ll get a glimpse of plenty of Dartmoor landscapes. This stage of the Dartmoor Way is undulating, with nothing particularly challenging.
You’ll start in the market town of Tavistock, where it’s easy to stock up on picnic ingredients for your walk. The trail takes you out of the town along the canal before bringing you south over West Down and to the River Walkham. This is an exceptionally pretty stretch of path along the river and the water chuckles along through woodlands.
Crossing the Gem Bridge across the Walkham is a real highlight and leads you onto Roborough Down where Dartmoor ponies ramble about munching grass and scratching their backs on gorse. The Way then leads you through the village of Yelverton and into the Meavy Valley. Passing by Hoo Meavy and crossing meadows and woodlands, you’ll find yourself alongside Dewerstone Wood just before the village of Shaugh Prior.
This stage ends here but Shaugh Prior itself has a B&B and a pub. If you have the time, energy and light, walk up through the woods to the Dewerstone itself. This towering cliff rises from the beautiful forest below and is beloved by local hikers and rock climbers alike. You can walk to the top for fantastic views.
December 14, 2020