Dartmoor Guided Walking

A view of Bowerman's nose in Dartmoor National Park, a vast moorland in the county of Devon, in southwest England, UK
Duration: 5 nights
Type: Guided walking
Walking Grade: 2 & 3
from £899pp

With its windswept moorland, striking granite tors, and ever-present herds of wild ponies, it’s easy to see why walkers find Dartmoor’s myth-steeped landscapes so appealing. Discover this much-loved national park’s most wow-worthy points and fascinating prehistoric sites with the help of our experienced HF Holidays Leaders.

What you’ll love

  • Discovering the best of Dartmoor’s wild beauty 
  • Uncovering the area’s myths and legends at prehistoric sites 
  • Spotting wild ponies on the open moorland 
  • Walking through wildlife havens like Haytor Quarry  
  • Admiring Lustleigh Cleave, a temperate rain forest
  • Having the choice of two walks a day – one easier and one more challenging 

What’s included

  • Comfortable en-suite rooms in our partner accommodation(s)  
  • Cooked or continental breakfast every morning  
  • Daily packed lunches
  • Three-course evening meals, plus tea & coffee   
  • Guided walks with experienced HF Holidays Leaders  
  • All transport to and from walks where necessary 

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

You’re welcome to check in at the hotel from 3pm. Your HF Holidays Leaders will be in reception at 6:30pm to meet the group and give a quick introduction before dinner.

A view of Bowerman's nose in Dartmoor National Park, a vast moorland in the county of Devon, in southwest England, UK


Option 1 - Haytor Circular

Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5 km) 

Ascent: 800ft (240m) 

We walk straight from our door and out onto the moors, descending through Haytor Vale to pick up the route and remains of a granite tramway once used to transport rock towards the coast. Crossing the moor, we’ll pass by ancient cairns, a Bronze Age settlement, tors, and quarries, including Haytor Quarry, once a noisy industrial site, now a peaceful haven for wildlife.  

Option 2 - Tramway, Bowerman's Nose, and Haytor Rocks

Distance: 9.5 miles (15.5 km) 

Ascent: 1,500ft (460m) 

From our hotel, we head out across Dartmoor following the granite tramway past a Bronze Age settlement. We then head for Bowerman’s Nose, a distinctive tor said to resemble a local huntsman. We’ll visit an abandoned medieval village before crossing Becka Brook, as well as Holwell and Saddle Tors. Then it’s back to the hotel via Haytor Rocks and the serene ponds in Haytor Quarry. 


Option 1 - Lustleigh and Dartmoor Way

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)  

Ascent: 950ft (280m)  

Descent: 1,700ft (520m) 

We’ll set off on a walk that’s often voted one of the best in Devon today. From the hamlet of Water, we’ll wind our way through the woods of East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve to the River Bovey and the impressive Lustleigh Cleave, a globally rare example of a temperate rain forest. Explore one of Dartmoor’s prettiest villages, Lustleigh, before following the Dartmoor Way to Bovey Tracey.  

Option 2 - Manaton, Lustleigh Cleave, and Bovey Tracey

Distance: 11 miles (17.5km)  

Ascent: 1,200ft (360m)  

Descent: 2,000ft (600m) 

We’ll begin in the picturesque village of Manaton before climbing Manaton Rocks to venture into the woodland in Lustleigh Cleave and the hamlet of Water. We’ll walk through the woods above Becky Falls towards Lustleigh. From there we’ll head back to the river, which we’ll follow into Bovey Tracey. 


Option 1 - Tin Mine, Grimspound, and Widecombe

Distance: 5.5 miles (9km)  

Ascent: 800ft (250m) 

From the Bennett's Cross, we’ll head through the site of a once busy tin mine and make our way to the best-known prehistoric settlement on Dartmoor – Grimspound. Explore the remains of the 3,500-year-old village before we take the Two Moors Way up onto Hamel Down, passing historic boundary stones. Then we’ll descend into Widecombe-in-the-Moor, whose church is known as the Cathedral of the Moor. 

Option 2 - Ancient Stones and the Two Moors Way to Widecombe

Distance: 10 miles (16 km)  

Ascent: 1,300ft (400 m) 

From Leapra Cross the Two Moors Way guides us along ancient trackways and through pretty hamlets. Along the way, we’ll spot the remains of ancient hut circles, cairns, standing stones, and a stone row, before reaching Bennetts Cross. From here, we’ll follow the route of the option one walk, joining the group at Widecombe for a café/pub stop before heading back to our hotel.  


Option 1 - Teign Gorge: Fingle Bridge, Castle Drogo, and Chagford

Distance: 7.5 miles (12km)  

Ascent: 800ft (250m)  

Fields and riverside paths along Teign Gorge lead us to Fingle Bridge. We’ll gradually climb above the gorge to reach Castle Drogo, a 20th century castle. Gentle riverside trails then take us to Chagford, known for its local produce, especially cider and cheese. You’ll have time to explore or relax at one of the cafés here.  

Option 2 - Contrasting Castles across the Gorge

Distance: 10 miles (16.5km)  

Ascent: 1,550ft (480m)  

From Moretonhampstead we’ll cross fields to reach the ancient hillfort of Cranbrook Castle. A steep at times descent then leads us to the River Teign at Fingle Bridge where we follow the route of the option one walk and head for Castle Drogo. This walk also continues to Chagford, but by a different, slightly longer river trail. 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


Itinerary map for Dartmoor Guided Walking

The Moorland Hotel

The Moorland Hotel is set in the wild landscapes of Dartmoor National Park, just a stone’s throw from the iconic granite tor of Haytor with a wealth of walks in close vicinity. It offers comfortable ensuite rooms, all with TV, coffee and tea making facilities, and free Wi-Fi. The hotel is dog-friendly, too, so you may meet four-legged friends in some of the communal areas.

Food & drink

Your stay is full-board. This includes daily breakfasts, packed lunch options, and evening meals. Vegetarian choices and dietary requirements can be catered for (please give advance notice when booking). 

Packed lunches 

Our packed lunches will be too much food for some and not enough for others; if you feel you might need more food during the walk, please bring a supply of snacks to supplement this – it won’t always be possible to buy these on the route. Your packed lunches will include: a bread sandwich or roll with a choice of filling; some fresh fruit; fruit cake/flapjack or similar, crisps and/or biscuits. For those of you tackling a level 4 or above holiday, we would highly recommend bringing some trail mix or something similar to ensure you've some fuel in reserve should you need it. 

Dietary requirements 

Our partner hotels can cater for most dietary requirements, but it is important you advise us of any allergies and dietary restrictions you have at the time of booking. 

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Getting to The Moorland Hotel

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Essential information

The UK has a famously unpredictable climate so it's best to be prepared for weather that’s sunny one minute and raining the next.  To make it easier, here’s a list of items you should consider packing.   

Essentials  

  • Suitable footwear such as waterproof walking boots that provide ankle support and good grip  
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket 
  • Comfortable clothing (jeans & waterproof capes are not suitable)  
  • Mid-layer(s) to keep you warm. Fleeces make a good choice
  • Waterproof overtrousers  
  • Gloves and a warm hat  
  • Rucksack with waterproof liner 
  • Spotting scope and/or binoculars 
  • Flask for hot drinks   
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)  
  • Sunscreen  
  • UV sunglasses  

Recommended  

  • Several base layers (long-sleeve or short-sleeve)  
  • Cushioned walking socks to avoid blisters  
  • First aid kit, including plasters and insect repellent 
  • Sit mat   
  • Waterproof pouch for valuables  
  • Rubbish bag (remember to always leave no trace)  
  • Wallet/purse  
  • Camera 
  • First-aid kit 

Guest reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Supplements may apply.

Non-member fee: £30 per person.


Holiday prices

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23 Jun - 28 Jun 2024

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Type:
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Walking Grade:
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