Two Moors Way
|Two Moors Way|
|Length||117 mi (188 km)|
|Location||Devon & Somerset, England|
|Trailheads||Wembury to Lynmouth|
|Sights||Dartmoor and Exmoor|
The Two Moors Way was the brainchild of Joe Turner of the Two Moors Way Association and was officially opened on 29 May 1976. The original Two Moors Way route spans 102 miles from Ivybridge on the southern boundary of Dartmoor National Park to Lynmouth on the North Devon Coast in Exmoor National Park. In 2005 the Two Moors Way was linked with the Erme–Plym Trail joining Wembury on the south Devon coast to Ivybridge to create a cross-county coast-to-coast route of just over 116 miles.
After Joe Turner's death in 2004, Dartmoor sculptor Peter Randall-Page created a testament to his work: two halves of an inscribed granite boulder now sit on the edge of Dartmoor and Exmoor, facing each other across 30 miles of rolling Mid Devon countryside.
In 2016, to mark the 40th anniversary of the original route, the Two Moors Way Association was reinvigorated to help promote the route, working in close partnership with the two National Parks and with Devon County Council who are responsible for maintaining and managing the path.
The route, which is waymarked in most places, passes through (from south to north): Wembury (optional) - Ivybridge - Holne - Hameldown - Chagford - Drewsteignton - Morchard Bishop - Witheridge - Knowstone - Hawkridge - Withypool - Simonsbath - Lynmouth. There are diversions for accessing accommodation or for avoiding the highest ground in bad weather.
The Two Moors Way intersects several other walking trails running through the moorlands:
- Coincides with the Tarka Trail for part of the way through Exmoor
- Intersects with:
- Arnold, Matthew, A trail guide to walking the Two Moors Way: from Lynmouth to Ivybridge (Trail Wanderer, 2018, ISBN 978-1999950903)
- Viccars, Sue, Walking The Two Moors Way: Devon's Coast-to-Coast (Cicerone Press, 2016, ISBN 978-1852849917)
- Viccars, Sue, Walking The Two Moors Way: 1:25,000 route map booklet (Cicerone Press, 2019, ISBN 978-1786310071)
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