Day 7 - Leaving Greenway
Day 7 - Leaving Greenway 
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£745.00 (2017)
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7 nights B&B,
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Maximum party size 6 (10 with split accommodation for two nights)
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England - Devon
A tale of two rivers
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A self-guided hike from the Cathedral city of Exeter, down to maritime Dartmouth, taking in the Teign Gorge, Chagford, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, infamous Dartmoor itself, the River Dart, Dartington Hall and Totnes.
 
Grade: Medium or easy-medium
 
A tale of two rivers
Devon and Cornwall occupy the south-west peninsula of England, an area defined by England's remarkable maritime heritage.  Devon, perhaps the lesser known of the two counties, nevertheless contains three great and ancient ports of which two, Exeter and Dartmouth, form the beginning and end of this route.
 
The journey between the two centres takes you through some of the most beautiful and varied country in the British Isles. After a night in medieval Exeter and a short bus ride (walkers can opt to stay in the village of Dunsford instead), the route takes you up the wooded Teign Gorge to stylish Chagford, stopping en-route to visit imposing Castle Drogo. Then on to legendary Dartmoor: windswept downs of a lonely and unsurpassable beauty and the background to much literature, both romantic and mystical.  Overnight in pretty Widecombe-in-the-Moor, then a breathtaking walk along the fringes of the moor to the upper reaches of the River Dart, where your journey back to the sea begins.  Buckfast Abbey, Dartington Hall and the fine town of Totnes itself line themselves along this majestic waterway, winding down to the sea at the historic town of Dartmouth, from where many a buccaneer sailed and, more notably, the base from which the Pilgrim Fathers sailed in the Mayflower to colonise the New World (watch out for celebrations in 2020).
 
Staying in country inns and carefully chosen B&Bs, and with a variety of ways to shorten and ease the walking (including a steam train and a river steamer!), the walker will experience the best that England can offer, though should be ready to navigate intelligently as the paths are not always well signed.  Walked by Simon and Harriet.
 
Standard option:  (see 'Itinerary") - 7 nights.  But you can add rest days in any hotel, and we suggest you add an extra night in Exeter as well as one or two in Dartmouth, as there is so much to see.
6-night option  - miss night 1 and start in Chagford
5-night option - start Chagford, and combine the final two days with the help of the boat from Greenway to Dartmouth

Highlights
  • Exeter cathedral with its incredible vaulted ceiling
  • The wooded Teign Gorge and Lutyens' Castle Drogo
  • Stylish Chagford
  • Dartmoor, wild hills and long views
  • Widecombe-in-the-Moor
  • Buckfast Abbey and Dartington Hall
  • Totnes High Street
  • Sharpham vineyard - wine and cheese tasting
  • The Dart estuary
  • Agatha Christie's Greenway
  • Dartmouth
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Route designed by

Caroline Evans

Caroline has lived in rural South Devon for 24 years.  Now that her family have all left home, she spends her time teaching and producing art, attempting to master Spanish, and helping tend the smallholding; whilst her husband also fills the sheds with plenty of logs for the winter.  That is when they are not off exploring new places, mostly on foot.