Jen King



I wrote a long essay about my trip at
For those mainly after itinerary advice I’ll reproduce that section here:

“I stayed at “proper” campsites every night, which required a certain amount of extra walking and/or variation on the waymarked route, as accommodation directly on route is somewhat limited. I started the walk carrying enough evening meals to see me through to the end, and with breakfast/lunch and snacks for 3 days, expecting that resupply wouldn’t be too difficult as the route passes through several villages large enough to have a shop. Distances are approximate to the nearest km.

Day 0: Travel via train and bus to Lynton, stayed at Sunny Lyn Holiday Park. Walked down into Lynmouth in the evening to locate the official start post on the sea front.

Day 1: Began on a path that leads directly from the campsite and contours around to join up with the waymarked trail, thus skipping the steepest part of the ascent from Lynmouth. Followed the waymarked route to Simonsbath, and then on past Wheal Eliza and Cow Castle. Approx 1km beyond Cow Castle I left the trail, taking the footpath that leads up to join the access road for Pickledstones Farm, and following that road and then the slightly busier than hoped B3358 to reach Westermill Farm Campsite. 26km

Day 2: Followed country lanes up out of Westermill Farm and over into Withypool (I skipped maybe 3km of trail by not going back to where I left it the previous day). Rejoined the waymarked trail for the section along the River Barle to Tarr Steps and onwards across East Anstey Common to Yeo Mill. From Yeo Mill another detour and some more road walking to reach Zeacombe House Caravan Park, where they made up for being my most expensive night by greeting me with a nice cup of tea! 25km

Day 3: I, ummm, skipped Knowstone village entirely, figuring nothing would be open so early, and rejoined the waymarked trail at Knowstone Inner Moor. Resupplied lunches & snacks at the village store in Witheridge. My accommodation that night was actually right on the trail for a change, the rather delightful eco-campsite at Beech Hill community (just north of Morchard Bishop). 23km

Day 4: I followed the waymarked trail as far as the start of the road section towards Hittisleigh Barton, where I met a trio of northbound hikers who informed me that there were some frisky bullocks in one of the fields near West Ford. That cemented my feeling that it would still be in the spirit of the route if I took the lane through Binneford and along the east side of the Yeo Valley through Pitton and Thorne Cross, instead of the west side through Hittisleigh Barton; especially as this gave a slightly shorter distance to that nights campsite at Barley Meadow Touring Park. 23km

Day 5: I picked up the route in Drewsteignton and followed it to Hameldown, with a slight detour into Chagford for lunch. When I planned this excursion I hoped for a calm sunny evening and a night on the moor, but in fact there was a bitter wind blowing and some serious weather forecast, so I extended my day in favour of getting into shelter down at the campsite at Cockingford. 28km

Day 6: Again I skipped a short section first thing, rejoining the trail at Ponsworthy, and following it as far as ‘Crossways’ where the Abbot’s Way and the Two Moors Way come together for a short time before the Two Moors Way turns south to Ivybridge and the Abbot’s Way takes off north west through Erme Head and Plym Ford to Princetown. Here I followed the Abbot’s Way to my ‘alternate finish’, the campsite at the Plume of Feathers. 30km (NB: I have previously walked from Ivybridge to Princetown and back, so I have experienced the southern part of the route that I missed this time.)”

Start point: Lynmouth
Finish point: Princetown
Distance travelled: 154 km
Started: 09/06/2019
Walking time: 6 Days