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Dartmoor National Park - Lydford, Tors and Gorge

  • Apr 20, 2014 · 10:15 AM
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Walk length 12 miles/19km. At least. Circular.

This walk starts from Lydford with a moorland trek following a route over a number of tors to a spectacular gorge, before passing a medieval castle.

Walk Description

The walk starts from Lydford which has an historic Castle that dates back to the 12th century, but was a fort even earlier in Anglo-Saxon times. Following some of a number of tors such as Char, Shar and Hare Tor the walk finishes with a trek along Lydford Gorge,  the deepest gorge in the South West and with a spectacular 30m waterfall.

This is just one of a series of four walks across the stunning Dartmoor national Parks, from High Tors to Moorland and Forest.

Dartmoor is a National Park covering moorland over an area of some 954 square miles, with a rich geological history and archaeology remains. The moors are known also for tors (hills topped with outcrops of bedrock). The public have extensive access rights across Dartmoor but some parts have restricted access at times and are used by the military, because of this we have reserve walks planned.

Accommodation and Meeting

A similar format to the National Parks we visited in 2013. The cost for each walk will be £5, with a limit of 32 people for each day. Everyone can have the chance to do their own things on some of the days or join the group for a walk; this system worked well in 2013.

Everyone will be encouraged to arrange their own accommodation, either camping, Youth hostel, or B&B. We will try to suggest locations as near together as possible so the group can meet up after the walks in the evening.  Transport will be by car sharing. The nearest town is Okehampton.

Meeting for walk 3 Lydford (Sunday 20th April)

Meet at  car park close to the Dartmoor Inn for 10.15am for the walk to start at 10.30am.


Meet at car park close to Dartmoor Inn (EX20 4AY) (grid ref SX[masked]).

Accommodation options for the weekend

The Betty Cottles Inn (bed and breakfast hotel accommodation, log cabins, a bunk house, camping, 2 restaurants and a bar).
Betty Cottles Inn
Graddon Cross
EX20 4LR
Tel. [masked]

Other Campsites, B&Bs and hostels may also be available.

Lunch and Finish

Please bring a packed lunch and water for each walk. Each walk should finish at about 4.30pm and include a 30 min snack lunch stop and pub at the end, however the time may be earlier or later than this depending on the weather and pace (we have a relaxed pace which includes sightseeing and photography).

Meeting and Transport

No public transport for these walks, transport by car and car sharing.

Please make a note of the organizers numbers - Leon[masked] and Colin 07709305681.

Dog Policy: As a group we allow and enjoy dogs on our walks however we do ask dog owners to read our dog policy

Walking Safety: Walking is a great way to keep fit and generally very safe; however it does contain an element of risk. Before going on any of these walks you need to be reasonably fit and be prepared to be responsible for your own safety. You must wear appropriate clothing such as proper walking boots (not trainers), warm and wet weather clothing and carry sufficient food and water. No one will be allowed on any of the  walks without appropriate gear. Please see our Terms and Conditions

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  • Roger W.

    A Good walk despite the Challenging weather conditions!

    April 25, 2014

  • linda s.

    I agree, thanks guys for a fab weekend x

    April 24, 2014

  • Sue

    I really enjoyed my three days in Dartmoor. Great company and thanks so much to Leon, Colin an Isabelle for organising.

    April 24, 2014

  • Anna H.

    Wet & wild... so this is what the moors are all about?!! Another great day if a little soggy!

    April 22, 2014

  • Prema Claire P.

    Great walk, thank you!

    April 22, 2014

  • cindy

    Beautiful perspective of the moor. Freeezzzzzzing!!!! But beautiful

    April 20, 2014

  • Avinash S.

    I want to come for walk, from reading I ll have to. New to the place, Can anybody guide? How to come? Any transport option , if anyone want to drop me?

    April 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry having to change my RSVP on the Easter weekend Dartmoor trip...have had virus, been off work, and just recuperating but not as quickly as I'd hoped. :-(

    April 16, 2014

  • Alan T

    Apparently there is a meteor shower which should peak on 23rd April, called the Lyrids meteor shower. The best way to see it is to get away from artificial light so being in Dartmoor that should be easy. If anyone wants to drive to the middle of nowhere in the dark to see it then let me know

    1 · April 15, 2014

  • Yvey

    Shame clashed with another walk. Enjoy

    April 14, 2014

  • Diana

    Hi, I'm on the Sunday walk only and would be looking to travel down on Saturday and travel back Monday - staying 2 nights - anyone travelling from North West London... we could car share? Likewise I am yet to book accommodation - any ladies looking to share?
    Please let me know. Thanks

    April 4, 2014

  • Lyndon

    Anyone in High Wycombe/Marlow/Henley area wish to share car, travelling to Betty Cockles during day
    on Friday 18th, returning on during day on Monday 21st., please contact me.

    March 27, 2014

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