Paul Miller

Day 1 Wembury to Ivybridge. I made an early start from Wembury beach heading across the paths and fields towards Yealmpton. The weather was good, blue sky and getting warmer as the day progressed. I stopped off to have a look at the lovely parish church. I then made my way to Ivybridge, following the River Erme. I stayed at the Ivybridge Hotel.

Day 2 Ivybridge to Scorriton. Another early start. I headed up the hill to start walking across Dartmoor and was greeted with thick fog. Typical Dartmoor weather!! I left the path a couple of times to visit Butterdon and Three Barrows Trig Points. The fog lifted and it turned out to be a nice day with great views. I stayed at the Tradesman’s Arms.

Day 3. Scorriton to Easton. As I left Scorriton it started to rain really heavy and that is the way it stayed all day until I reached Easton. So basically it was head down and crack on with the walk. I stopped off in Widecombe In The Moor to visit my favourite church on Dartmoor and Chagford for a coffee. I stayed at Easton Court.

Day 4. Easton to Morchard Road. Today was a better day. I headed through the Caslte Drogo estate following the river towards Fingle bridge and headed up to Drewsteignton. Leaving Dartmoor behind me I headed off to walk the Mid Devon section of the walk. I stayed at the Devonshire Dumpling.

Day 5 Morchard Road to Knowstone. Today was very similar to Monday, it poured down with rain all day long. I stopped off in Witheridge for a coffee and to get some food to take with me for the rest of the day. I stayed at Rosemary Cottage.

Day 6 Knowstone to Withypool. I looked at the forcast the night before and it looked really good so I decided to leave early. After finishing the last section of Mid Devon I walked up the track in to Exmoor. It was lovely, for me this was the best section of the walk so far. Stunning views and then I arrived at Tarr Steps. It was still early in the morning. I was the only person there. It was so peaceful. I sat down, got my flask out and had a coffee and took in the view.
I then followed the River Barle to Withypool where I stayed at the Royal Oak.

Day 7. Withypool to Lynmouth. The final day of the walk. The weather was great as I headed across Exmoor. It was nice to see some deer as I walked along the Cheriton Ridge. I headed down the valley to the finish and visited the new Lynmouth statue ‘The Walker’
I went across to the visitor centre and signed the TMW book and collected my certificate.

A great walk with stunning views and places to visit along the way.

Start point: WEMBURY
Finish point: LYNMOUTH
Distance travelled: 119 MILES
Started: 13/05/2017
Walking time: 7 DAYS