Jenny Worth

I walked in stages, usually one day a week, accompanied by friends on three sections and the remainder on my own with Chewy our golden retriever. My husband, being retired, kindly helped with transport. We stayed away only on the last night as the driving distance was getting greater – we can recommend the Exmoor Manor Hotel near Lynton. As the forecast was good I wanted to finish the Cheriton ridge section and was pleased as I really enjoyed the final short stage into Lynmouth whereas I think, for me, it would have been quite

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Alan leading, Les bringing up the rear… and 24 other walkers

This was the second ‘Big Walk’ organised by the Two Moors Way Association (following the inaugural walk from Wembury to Ivybridge back in April) and once again attracted a wide range of walkers – some affiliated to Ramblers groups, others independent but interested in being part of a group tackling this wonderful route together. As before, we assembled at The Watermark Centre before boarding minibuses that took us – and a smaller group who intended to complete the walk at a faster pace – to our start point beside the 500-year-old ‘new’ bridge across the

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Martin Valuks, Keith Willey, Barry Kennings

Great experience with some superb scenery walked at a perfect time. Royal Oak at Withypool was a great choice and a buzzing pub to stay at. The Tradesmans Arms at Scoriton had a very friendly welcome and a lovely pint of ale. Favourite bits have to be the Barle river and also the Dart near Newbridge. It was lovely to just hear the wind and the birds for a few days and slow down from the usual daily work routine. Good signing most of the way but the last stretch from Scoriton to Ivybridge could

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Les Bright and 31 others!

I was delighted to lead a group of 32 people (another faster group of 19 walkers may well post their experience here too) on ‘The Big Walk’, the Two Moors Way Association’s first group walk, on the Erme–Plym Trail linking the South Devon coast to the Two Moors Way. Our aim was to introduce people to the Association – and the route – through the medium of an organised walk. We provided transport by minibus from Ivybridge to Wembury and then walked back to Ivybridge together. We were really lucky that despite earlier predictions of

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Ceri Rees and Patrick Devine Wright

It’s eight weeks to go until D Day and I’m hobbling around the house, barely able to get down the stairs. A slip on some granite steps on the South West Coast path near home, has resulted in a slither of muscle being stripped away on my thigh. Sporting a 10 inch graze, it looks like I’ve been raked over by a lock forward’s studs. “It looks like I’ll have to postpone. Unless things change for the better soon,” I tell Patrick. As I haven’t managed so much as a plod to the post box.

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Ben Keates and Tom Ayres

A friend and I had completed the Three Peaks Challenge last year and decided we wanted to up the stakes and do the impossible so we researched treks and challenges and came across the route called ‘Two Moors Way’: an 102-mile route passing through Dartmoor and Exmoor with vast field and farmland in the middle section. We decided to make the challenge a coast to coast, meaning we started at Wembury on the south coast of Devon, adding a 15-mile trek to Ivybridge where the Two Moors Way starts. Neither of us were experienced walkers and we didn’t have

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Richard and Janet Scott, Peter and Yvonne Alderson

We were probably unlucky with the weather, having persistent rain every day except two. Fortunately there had been a long dry spell earlier so the ground wasn’t too muddy at all and I coped easily enough in good quality walking trainers instead of boots. The lack of waymarkers on Dartmoor was disconcerting but we managed OK on a very misty day thanks to our GPS – I wouldn’t want to do the walk without one. We had to use it again on Exmoor. The last afternoon, coming into Lynmouth, was hard. Just when you thought

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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

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Maddy and Nigel and Jane and Les

Maddy and Nigel came to stay with us in Exeter and we tackled the route as a series of day walks. The first day was a fantastic introduction to Dartmoor for people who live on the edge of the Cambridgeshire Fens, with varied walking terrain and so many points of interest. A late lunch at Hutholes in strong spring sunshine contrasted with the finish at Bennett’s Cross, our start point for Day 2. As ever Bennett’s Cross is able to conjure up a low temperature and biting wind but on this occasion low cloud also

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Julien Wilhelm

Julien lives in Lorient, Brittany and walked the Dartmoor section of the Two Moors Way in November 2016. He says: A bus took me to Crockernwell, a perfectly deserted place, and I joined the trail at Drewsteignton (1.8 miles). I crossed Dartmoor from north to south in this way:Day 1: Crockernwell to Chagford Common 12 milesDay 2: Chagford Common to Pupers Hill 15.5 milesDay 3: Pupers Hill to Ivybridge 10.5 milesI camped at Chagford Common (400m) and at Pupers Hill (ditto), purified water at Grimspound and tasted the refreshing Dart River and the Avon River. Delicious!

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Neil Blannin

My solo effort with combination of camping and B&B was accompanied by excellent weather from start to finish with exception of day three which was a bit moody. Day 1 – fairly gentle start making good progress from Wembury to just north of Ivybridge, Got to Ivybridge about 3pm so decided to head on out, I yomped up onto the moor and along the disused railway route until too knackered to go on , at 7pm I erected the tent in an old abandoned settlement, it was a bit spooky up there with just the

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Mike Kearney

I was inspired to complete this glorious long distance path (my first one !!) for the charity Hannahs , based in Ivybridge. After a long time in the planning stage I decided that I would go for an Autumn start and aimed to cover it in a 4 day period from Thurs 29 Sept to Sunday 2 Oct 2016. This would mean walking an average of 25 miles a day, carrying most of my gear, with overnight stays en route with friends , Glamping (another first) and Camping. Well after visiting Hannahs in the morning

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