Stage 10: Shaugh Prior to Ivybridge — the Dartmoor Way
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Kit P planned a hike.
December 8, 2020
This 12-mile (19 km) hike is the final stage of the Dartmoor Way and leads from the village of Shaugh Prior, over the southwestern edge of the moor, to Ivybridge in the south. This trail does take you fairly high on the moor but it’s a gradual ascent and the last half is largely a gentle downhill.
The north end of Shaugh Prior village is where this final stage kicks off and you’ll follow a footpath across the common with outstanding views of the Dewerstone, and through North Wood to Cadover Bridge. In summer, this delightful old stone bridge is a sunbathing and river dipping hotspot.
You’ll follow a lane around the clay workings before going off along a track and across open moorland around the south side of Penn Beacon. Along here, you’ll get your first glimpse of Plymouth Sound before skirting around Cornwood, a good detour if you fancy a pub lunch. The trail rises up again for even more views, before leading you down to the pretty oak woodland along the River Erme and its sometimes muddy path.
As you reach Ivybridge, you’ll pass beneath a vast railway viaduct, originally built in wood by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Ivybridge marks the end of the Dartmoor Way and you can put your feet up in a pub, rest in a B&B or catch a train to Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol or London.
December 14, 2020