Bike Touring Highlight
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June 14, 2019
Ancient medieval castles built to contain rebellious revolt, sheep grazing on the slopes of gently undulating hills, and meandering streams await as you continue through Devon towards Dartmoor National Park.
Covering 18.6 miles (30 km) and 430 meters (1410 feet) elevation gain, the fourth stage of the Devon Coast to Coast is the most challenging. You’ll be rewarded with beautiful scenery and plenty of well-deserved slices of cake.
Beginning your journey from the quintessential English village Petrockstowe, you will rejoin the Tarka Trail heading west before following a quiet country lane towards Sheepwash village. As the name suggests, Sheepwash was historically a place where sheep were washed before shearing. Sheep washing in Sheepwash was documented as early as 1166. Here, you could stop off at the Half Moon Inn which is known for its fresh fish menu. You can find more information, here: halfmoonsheepwash.co.uk
With a full tummy, you will continue further through the calm countryside before arriving in Hatherleigh. Throughout the year, Hatherleigh regularly hosts interesting events such as a flaming tar barrel run and New Year’s Day jump into the River Lew.
Climbing out of Hatherleigh, you will head north on more pretty lanes. The route heads gently up and down hills before reaching Jacobstowe village. This is where the biggest challenge of the day presents itself – a 2.5 mile (4 km) climb. With good road surfaces and stunning views over the Dartmoor National Park, the extra leg power is worth the effort.
After a few miles, you will reach Okehampton, a bustling market town on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park. The town was established by Baron Baldwin de Brionne, one of William the Conqueror’s knights when he built a castle in the area. Today, you can visit the castle, which was enlarged in the 1300s, in the town.
Okehampton has many comfortable accommodation options to suit any budget, as well as an excellent variety of restaurants such as the Mooplehog Vegan Cafe and Graylings fish and chips.
July 2, 2019