Widecombe in the MoorMoretonhampstead

Widmor one
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Two Moors Way north from Widecombe in the Moor, road walking to North Bovey (Ring of Bells Inn), footpath to Moretonhampstead

Two Moors Way north from Widecombe in the Moor, road walking to North Bovey (Ring of Bells Inn), footpath to Moretonhampstead


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Widecombe in the Moor
Grid Ref SX7188976839
Lat / Lon 50.57720° / -3.81070°
Easting / Northing 271,889E / 76,839N
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Grid Ref SX7536286082
Lat / Lon 50.66103° / -3.76480°
Easting / Northing 275,362E / 86,082N
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Helen C

21 May 2023 Spring

A lovely walk, especially on a bright spring day along bluebell-lined paths and country lanes. It is not accessible for wheeled users, with stiles and steep gradients but typical of the topography.
I walked from Moretonhampstead to Widecombe. M’hampstead has good bus links. Widecombe not so much. I was continuing on from there to Ashburton but there are camping facilities (or wild camp!). Widecombe is a popular tourist destination and best avoided by car in holiday season - walking in is definitely the best way!
The route follows the Dartmoor Way out of M’hampstead along well-marked footpaths to North Bovey. From North Bovey it follows quiet country lanes and a lovely holloway. It’s pretty much downhill all the way from Natsworthy Manor (now picking up and following the Two Moors Way) to Widecombe, running roughly parallel to Hamel Down ridge (itself a great walk and could make a nice circular, although not a slowway). Sound of cuckoos calling on the down, the woods adjacent to the lane a sea of bluebells. It would be easy to miss the short section of footpath at Lower Natsworthy, which cuts off a corner of lane, going through a meadow.
Choice of pubs and cafés at Widecombe (I can recommend the Rugglestone south of the village centre en route to Ashburton - it also has a camping field).


06 Feb 2022 Winter

Lovely walk on quiet lanes. Going through North Bovey is a nice way to go - detour down to some stepping stones for a bit of a paddle if you like! It's quite a climb from there up on to the moor at Heatree, but very quiet - with options to go on other lanes if you want. From Heatree Down the road down to Widecombe is gorgeous - very little traffic, some open views, beautiful woods and hedgerows etc. And if you are on wheels and have put in all that effort to get up there from Moreton in the first place, it is pure joy to glide all the way down!.

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