Day 7 - Leaving Greenway
Day 7 - Leaving Greenway 
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A tale of two rivers
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 Day 1

Important note: Times given for each day are  walking times for an “average” walker and exclude stops.  “CUSs” stands for “Cumulative Uphill Stretches” and measures the aggregated ascents in each day, expressed in metres of climb.  See “How we grade our walks” for more information.

 

Arrive in Exeter, check in to your accommodation and take a look at the cathedral and other ancient delights (a second night here would be rewarding).  Alternatively travel on that day (bus or taxi) to charming Dunsford, and stay in the village to get into the rural swing without delay.

Day 2

Dunsford to Chagford.  Whether staying in Dunsford or starting with a short bus ride from Exeter, this long but easy walk follows the River Teign upstream through the remarkable Teign Gorge. Look out for black and white Dippers (river birds who can ‘fly’ through the water) sitting in the river along the way. You have the opportunity to visit an Iron Age fort before lunching at the atmospheric Fingle Bridge Inn, and then on to Castle Drogo, home of the Drewe family.  Built by Edwin Lutyens in 1930, it is reportedly the last castle to be built in England. Your goal, Chagford, is a fine moorland town with some excellent shops and inns. (5hrs, 19kms, CUSs 350m)

Alternative short option: (Exeter starts only): Bus to Drewsteignton followed by easy 8km (CUSs 195m) walk via Castle Drogo.

Day 3

Chagford to Widecombe. Today’s walk follows the Two Moors Way for the whole of the day.  Heading out of town along leafy lanes, your path leads south and up onto the high moor.  After visiting Grimspound, a Bronze Age circular stone settlement, you continue up above the stone circle and along a ridge.  On a fine day, the views from here are almost 360° of stunning countryside, with several tors in sight in the near and far distance. On reaching the far end of the ridge, you head down quickly to reach the village of Widecombe, your resting place for the night. (hrs, 19kms, CUSs 730m)

Alternative:  If you prefer a shorter walk or the weather is inclement, each half of the day has a shorter version – doing both would reduce the distance to 14km and the CUSs to 350m.  The first half would be mainly on quiet asphalt road and the second would miss out the moorland section.

Day 4 Widecombe to Scorriton. An easy start from Widecombe takes you up to spectacular high moorland and into the wooded West Webbern river valley at Jordan, to follow the ‘Two Moors Way’. Passing through tiny hamlets and woods (carpeted with bluebells in May), you will find yourself in seemingly forgotten places, untouched by the 21st century. Continuing through the picturesque village of Ponsworthy, you climb once again up onto moorland at Bel Tor Corner, to walk Dr Blackall’s Drive, an eccentric way along a high ridge above the stunning Dart River valley.  Coming down off the moor at "New Bridge", a pretty medieval bridge across the river Dart, and one of only a few crossing points on this section of the river, you head up through farmland to Scorriton for the night. (4hrs, 13kms, CUSs 485m)
Day 5

Scorriton to Dartington. Today’s walk takes you away from the moorland landscape of Dartmoor, and into the softer South Hams, with its voluptuous rolling hills and hidden valleys. The walk starts with a gentle introduction through ancient woodlands and then on to beautiful Buckfast Abbey. After this you enter the bucolic South Devon countryside, walking the delightful ‘green lanes’ to Staverton, where you will meet the River Dart once again.  From Staverton you enter Dartington Hall Estate. Even if you are not staying here you should have a look at Dartington Hall, an Elizabethan Manor world famous for its summer music schools, and its beautiful quad and Great Hall.  Here you can find refreshments and peace in various forms, not least in its gardens, complete with sculptures by Henry Moore. It’s then an easy walk down to Dartington village, to a welcome pint in the lively Cott Inn. (5½hrs, 21km, CUSs 650m). 

Alternative: If you would like a shorter day or simply have some different fun, you can take a steam train for the stretch from Buckfastleigh to Staverton and save 8kms of walking (and 250m CUSs).

Day 6

Dartington to Tuckenhay.  A short day spent walking in the South Hams of Devon, the area of South Devon between Dartmoor and the sea, visiting Totnes and a vineyard. This region is of gently undulating hills, verdant pastures and spectacular views of the river Dart. The moorland left far behind, you are following the River Dart to the tidal reach of the sea at Totnes and beyond towards the coast, to finish your day a few kilometres upriver from the sea. Highlights of the day include time to visit the beautiful town of Totnes with its famous High Street, and the vineyard at Sharpham, where you can taste the wines and cheeses produced there.  (3hrs, 11kms, CUSs 300m)

Day 7

Tuckenhay to Dartmouth.  A delightful end to your walk with quintessential English charm around every corner. The day starts with a steep but short climb out of Tuckenhay, leaving Bow Creek behind you. Passing through the delightful village of Cornworthy, you rejoin the river and have the option of walking right along the creek into Dittisham. After sampling Dittisham’s enviable collection of eateries, summon the boatman to ferry you across to Agatha Christie’s Greenway. It’s then an easy walk above the river into picturesque Kingswear, and another ferry sees you sail into beautiful Dartmouth, and journey’s end.  (5½ hrs, 16kms, CUSs 570m). 

Alternatives: Walk as far as Dittisham then take the ferry to Dartmouth, or cross over to Greenway and take the steam train (or boat) to Dartmouth (saving 9km and 280m CUSs).

Day 8 Leave for home or spend a further night or two in glorious Dartmouth.  There's lots of cliff walking and beaches in each direction too.