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Walk Devon Coast to Coast
12th-20th Jun 2020

Start with your toes in the English Channel, walk north across Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks and finish triumphantly with Champagne on the beach in Lynmouth. Perfectly planned and expertly guided.

Duration: 9 days | Location: Devon | Distance: 175km | Price: from £499


OVERVIEW

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Take a week to walk 100 miles, coast-to-coast, across the county of Devon - also known as the Two Moors Way. If you’re looking for a challenge for 2020 this completely unique experience is it. Two coastlines, two national parks, quiet moorland, wooded valleys, wild swimming rivers, quaint villages, cosy country pubs, mysterious stone circles and hill forts, Exmoor ponies and red deer, and of course some well-earned cream teas.

We have also incorporated some unique touches along the way including a campfire stories night and other surprises that you’ll have to join us to experience.

Accommodation and baggage transfer are all included so you can enjoy the challenge of walking just over 100 miles across Devon, without worrying about logistics or carrying a heavy pack.

Over the course of a long walk such as this you switch off from modern life to fully appreciate nature, you bond closely with your fellow travellers and learn myriad things about yourself.


ITINERARY

Day 1: Friday 12th June - Meadowsfoot Beach to Harford (16km)

After meeting at Harford at 9.30am, a taxi will take us to our start point at the beautiful Meadowsfoot Beach, where we’ll take off our shoes & socks to anoint our journey with water from the English Channel between our toes. We will then take a leisurely walk through rolling English countryside to let everyone find their feet. We’ll have a morning ice-cream stop in Holbeton, stop for lunch by Erme River, and have another pit stop in Ivybridge in the afternoon. Accommodation for the first night is a comfy lodge with self-catering facilities for hearty dinners.

Day 2: Saturday 13th June - Harford to Michlecombe (20km)

The second day is Dartmoor Day. After a quick breakfast, we’ll be going up and over our first moor of the Two Moors Way, along a huge moorland ridgeline with big sweeping views of this beautiful, ancient moorland. We’ll stop for lunch en route and, after covering many more kilometres, will enjoy a well-deserved tipple at a pub with more amazing views of the valley. It’s then just a short walk to our riverside campsite, where there are fire circles for preparing dinner.

Day 3: Sunday 14th June - Michlecombe to Warren House Inn (21km)

Day three will see us journeying through varied countryside and along a river. We will make our way along the side of a valley that looks down onto Dart Valley Nature Reserve before taking on an impressive ridge walk that descends onto amazing Grimspound - a huge neolithic stone circle, with settlements within it. At the end of the day, we will arrive at Warren House Inn for dinner - an iconic hiker's pub 434m above sea level (the highest pub in South West England), which has had a fire burning since 1845. We’ll then settle down for the night in an amazing wild camp site where our tents are nestled in natural hollows amongst the heather.

Day 4: Monday 15th June - Warren House Inn to Castle Drogo (18km)

In the morning, we will set off from our remote wild camp in the heart of the moor, and leave Dartmoor behind us to put one of the two moors under our belts. We will go through some pretty villages before reaching the brilliantly-quirky Chagford, where we will have lunch in one of their many delicious cafes, and take the opportunity to top up on supplies. On leaving Chagford, we will walk along underneath Castle Drogo, along River Teign Valley, and pass several stunning wild swimming spots to end up at Belinda's favourite UK wild camping spot. Without giving too much away, we guarantee this to be the most magical wild camping experience.

Day 5: Tuesday 16th June - Castle Drogo to Morchard Bishop (27km)

The fifth day is potentially the longest day. The aim is to cover some ground through rolling Devon countryside and farmland. If we need to, however, we can cut the route short, and make up the miles on future days. We stop for the night at a really quirky and fabulous campsite where we will sleep amongst apple trees in the beautiful orchard, and enjoy the glorious eco-showers and amenities on offer.

Day 6: Wednesday 17th June - Morchard Bishop to Knowstone (23km)

Our route on day six takes us through more stunning countryside and woodland, along a river, and through beautiful hamlets. Herds of cows and flocks of hens have been known to make an impromptu appearance along the way. At our end point, a taxi will meet us to take us to a brilliant local pub, where we will enjoy a hearty dinner, and a good nights sleep in their campsite.

Day 7: Thursday 18th June - Knowstone to Withypool (22km)

Day seven sees us taking on the second moor of the Two Moors Way. Our route onto Exmoor is very dramatic and a little challenging. We’ll walk through a wooded valley, along River Barle, and cross the impressive Tarr Steps, to end at Withypool - a chocolate box village. With our own amazing holiday lodge in the middle of the moor, we will settle down to dinner around the a campfire, in front of an extraordinary valley view, with shelters on hand in case of bad weather.

Day 8: Friday 19th June - Withypool to Simonsbath (11km)

Day eight involves an amazing moorland walk across Exmoor. From Withypool, we will go down to the Landacre Bridge - a famous wild swimming spot before arriving at Simonsbath for pub lunch. This is a shorter day, to allow us to catch up if we are behind schedule - to ensure we are on time for our final day. We will have dinner at Simonsbath Outdoor Centre - an amazing old-fashioned hotel, with open log fires, chesterfield sofas, and a gin bar - which is also where we will stay for the night.

Day 9: Saturday 20th June - Simonsbath to Lynmouth (17km)

We will start the day with a slap up breakfast before continuing our walk through the moor, where we will expect to spot some of Exmoor’s iconic Red Deer. When we walk off the moor, we will finally get a glimpse of the coast again - the end of our momentous journey will be in sight! We will then follow the East Lyn River through a wooded valley to end with celebrations on the beach in Lynmouth and a Prosecco cream tea.


ADVENTURE HOSTS

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Your Expedition Lead for this adventure is the one-and-only Neil Froggitt. A consummate professional with a huge passion for outdoor adventure, Neil has led numerous trips for Explorers Connect, and perfectly brings to life our ethos of gently encouraging people outside their comfort zone to discover just what they are capable of, whilst ensuring everyone is having a lovely time and making new friends.

You can find out more about the core values that run through all our trips here

In addition to Neil, explorer and Explorers Connect founder Belinda Kirk who personally and painstakingly hand-crafted this adventure, and who led it on its maiden voyage last year, will also be joining the group for a few of the days’ walks and wild camping experiences, as well as overseeing all logistics.


ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD

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Your accommodation will include lodges, campsites and wild camping.

For your camping nights, you’ll need to bring your sleeping bag and mat, plus a pillow if you want some extra comfort. You might prefer to bring your own tent but you can also borrow a tent from us if needed - email Rowan (rowan@explorers connect.com) and she will organise one for you.

Your sleeping kit will be transported between overnight locations so you won’t have to worry about carrying a huge pack all day.

In terms of food, one cooked breakfast is included in the price, with all other meals sourced or paid for by participants. We will help you to arrange all your food supplies with a detailed kit list and plenty of pit stops along the way.

In terms of camp food, previous participants have found it helpful to take dried food such as porridge pouches, pasta, or instant cous-cous. However, as your luggage is transferred for you between stages, weight is less of a concern and you are welcome to get more creative with your campfire recipes.


LOGISTICS

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Whilst we’ve arranged for this trip to start and end at locations that are accessible by train and/or bus, we recommend staying the night locally on Thursday night, to allow for a prompt start on Day 1 (Friday 12th June). You will meet your host and walk leader, Neil, at 9.30am at a lodge in Harford - near the station. After a trip brief and kit check, we will transport you to the start point at Meadowsfoot Beach.

At the end of Day 9, (Sat 20th) after you’ve celebrated with Champagne on the beach and some food at Lynmouth, you can join various bus services or we can arrange a shared taxi (not included) to take you to Taunton railway station for mainline train services.

We recommend staying the night in beautiful Lynton to rest your legs and celebrate. National Express services depart in the morning from Barnstaple. There are plenty of accommodation options to suit any budget, why not stay and explore, seeing as you’ve walked all the way there!


DIFFICULTY LEVEL

No specialist experience is necessary however this is a challenging crossing. You will need to be fit enough to walk an average of 20km a day for nine consecutive days covering around 175km in total. Distances per day will range from 11 to 27 kilometres, so we recommend you be of an average or better-than-average fitness level. Every day you will get plenty of regular breaks where you'll stop to collect water, replenish your food supplies and have hot drinks at cafes along the way. This is a great challenge for 2020 but one that you will need to prepare for if you are not fit enough now.


WHAT'S INCLUDED

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  • Nine fully guided walking days with experienced leader and host, Neil Froggitt

  • Logistics support and extra guiding by Belinda Kirk

  • Careful route planning through spectacular scenery with all responsibility for wayfinding

  • Eight nights carefully selected accommodation, with flexible contingency planning

  • All luggage transfers

  • Several taxi transfers from the route to accommodation

  • One breakfast

  • A bespoke ‘Walk Devon Coast to Coast’ challenge t-shirt

  • No specialist kit is required. You will need sturdy walking boots and waterproofs, walking clothes and a day-sack to carry your water and food for the day. A full kit list will be supplied on booking.

  • You will need to bring or share a camping stove and small tent/bivvy for the camping nights


DATES AND PRICES

  • Dates: This adventure runs for 9 days from 9am on Friday 12th July to around 4pm on Saturday 20th July, 2019.

  • Earlybird: Book before 28th February 2020 - £499 for members, £534 for non-members

  • Price: 28th February 2020 onwards - £534 for members, £569 for non-members

  • Payment Schedule: £199 deposit, £150 second payment (31st Jan 2020), with the remaining balance due 12 weeks before departure. N.B. To benefit from member rates throughout a payment schedule, your membership must remain live. If it is due to lapse and you don’t plan to renew, you may prefer to pay in full upfront.

  • Terms & Conditions: Click here for our cancellation policy and full Ts&Cs


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QUESTIONS?

If you'd like to know more about this weekend or have a particular question about this or any of our adventures, please email enquiries@explorersconnect.com or call the office on 0117 405 7497 during normal office hours and we'll do our best to help you.


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