Two Moors Way: Scorriton to Hamel Down

An up-and-down day dipping in and out of the valleys of the Dart and West Webburn rivers, passing through some delightful hamlets en route

NEAREST LOCATION

Scorriton, Devon

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DISTANCE

8.7 miles (14kms)

ASCENT
1742ft (531m)
TIME
4hrs
GRADIENT
DIFFICULTY
Medium
STARTING POINT
SS703684

Walk directions

From the square, turn down the road opposite the war memorial. Turn left at the bottom and cross the Holy Brook. Originally the Northbrooke, this stream joins the Dart at Buckfast Abbey and formed the boundary of part of the abbey’s property. At the next bend, take the track ahead and climb very steeply to reach the lane into Holne.

Continue through the village, passing the community shop, church and Church House Inn. Continue uphill to the road junction at Butts Cross. The Butts is an adjacent field where archery practice took place in Tudor times.

Turn left, then immediately right over a stile. Crossing further stiles, the path descends over fields with good views up an isolated part of the Dart valley, clothed in oak woodland. Pass through Cleave Wood to meet the road at New Bridge.

Cross the bridge to the car park; turn sharp left to pass under the bridge and follow the river downstream. The river here runs over slate, but contains granite boulders washed down by floodwater from several miles away.

Leave the river where the path meets the road; cross over and climb steeply up through the bracken to Leigh Tor, made of attractively streaked metamorphic rocks. Keep ahead to the road.

Cross over and soon cross another road, heading for an old quarry. Turn upwards to the track above, and turn left along it. This is Dr Blackall’s Drive. Dr Blackall bought Spitchwick Manor in 1867 and made the track for his wife to enjoy by pony and trap when she could no longer walk on the moor. The track passes Ash and Mel tors to reach the parking area at Bel Tor corner.

Cross the road and keep ahead over the moorland, dropping to the next road. Turn right to Lock’s Gate Cross and take the road signposted to Ponsworthy, dropping steeply to the ford. The cottages by the ford include the former smithy.

Turn left by the ford, along the footpath signed to Jordan. The path follows the West Webburn river, which is crossed by a footbridge at Jordan Mill. Turn right by the mill, then bear left up the lane. Keep uphill at the next crossroads to reach another on the edge of open moorland.

Bear half left across the down; after 1 mile (1.6km) reach a crossing of tracks on the crest of the ridge (SX 707 773). For Widecombe go down the track to the right.

Additional information

Good tracks and paths; steep-sided wooded river valleys and quiet lanes

Moorland

On leads 1 March–15 July; under close control at all times because of livestock

OS Explorer OL28 Dartmoor

Laneside in Holne; laneside on Dunstone Down (near finish)

None on route

<p>Steep ascent from River Dart to Dr Blackall’s Drive</p>

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About the area

Discover Devon

With magnificent coastlines, two historic cities and the world-famous Dartmoor National Park, Devon sums up all that is best about the British landscape. For centuries it has been a fashionable and much loved holiday destination – especially south Devon’s glorious English Riviera.

Close to the English Riviera lies Dartmoor, one of the south-west’s most spectacular landscapes. The National Park, which contains Dartmoor, covers 365 square miles and includes many fascinating geological features – isolated granite tors and two summits exceeding 2,000 feet among them. 

Not surprisingly, in Dartmoor the walking opportunities are enormous. Cycling in the two National Parks is also extremely popular and there is a good choice of off-road routes taking you to the heart of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Devon’s towns and cities offer stimulating alternatives to the rigours of the countryside.

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