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Stage 1: Okehampton to Lydford — West Devon Way

Stage 1: Okehampton to Lydford — West Devon Way

Intermediate
04:38
10.3 mi
2.2 mph
1,125 ft
925 ft
Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
0.59 mi
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Okehampton Castle

Hiking Highlight

3.95 mi
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Traditional Dartmoor stone walls

Hiking Highlight (Segment)

4.97 mi
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Sourton Tors

Hiking Highlight

7.48 mi
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Crandford fords

Hiking Highlight (Segment)

10.3 mi
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Lydford Castle

Hiking Highlight

Map

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Mountain Hiking Path: 1.74 mi
Hiking Path: 1.85 mi
Path: 3.57 mi
Footpath: 0.45 mi
Street: 1.15 mi
Road: 1.41 mi
State Road: 232 yd

Surfaces

Natural: 1.93 mi
Unpaved: 1.95 mi
Gravel: 1.28 mi
Paved: 1.87 mi
Asphalt: 0.67 mi
Unknown: 2.60 mi

Weather Forecast

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Kit P planned a hike.

May 11, 2021

Comments

  • Kit P

    This initial section of the West Devon Way rambles about the north west edge of Dartmoor’s wildest areas. Beginning in Okehampton, you hike through the woods below Meldon Viaduct and ascend to the rugged moor before spending the last half exploring fields and tracks through pastoral countryside. The finish is about as good as it gets, reclining on the lawn of a terrific Norman castle.

    Start in Okehampton’s heart, a great place to buy picnic ingredients thanks to several major supermarkets and other local shops all in the very centre. Hike south towards the castle, which I’ve added as a little detour because its ruins are fascinating. After admiring this first piece of ancient history, head on through the Old Town Park Nature Reserve and saunter across the golf course.

    The route takes you over the A30 and into the vibrant woodlands below Meldon Reservoir and Viaduct. Here, you cross over West Okement River and ascend to the hamlet of Meldon. Follow the bridle path up to South Down, where stone-walled pastures often house sheep and lambs. The walls here are quintessentially Dartmoor, lichen-covered stone that has become a habitat of its own over the decades.

    You emerge onto open moorland beneath Sourton Tors as the Way leads you around its base and west to Sourton village. I’ve added in a detour up to the summit as there are few things better than scrambling about Dartmoor granite and enjoying the immense views. However, if you’d rather avoid the climb or the weather is too inclement, simply follow the bridle path south west and turn right to reach Sourton. The village has a pub, should you fancy a hot lunch.

    From Sourton, take a field footpath and enjoy the gentle rambling until you reach the Lake to Bridestowe lane. Here, hike south east a short way before turning right onto a restricted byway. This track passes between fields to the Crandford Brook with its two fords and an old stone footbridge. Follow the byway to Fernworthy Down and skirt the edge of this small piece of open moorland.

    When the byway ends at a lane, follow it into the sweet little village of Lydford with its friendly pub and neighbouring Norman castle. There’s a small amount of accommodation in the village so book in advance. Alternatively, you can wild camp on the moor just to the east. Check the official Dartmoor wild camping map to check where you can set up your site: dartmoor.gov.uk/about-us/about-us-maps/camping-map

    If you want to leave the trail at Lydford, the best way out is to catch the 118 bus to Okehampton or Tavistock and catch other services from those larger settlements.

    • May 11, 2021

  • Maia P-F

    I have done about half of this

    • 5 days ago

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Stage 1: Okehampton to Lydford — West Devon Way

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