This up-and-down stretch of the Two Moors Way on Dartmoor is magical! This was a day walk for us, following the route in both directions, checking out the Cicerone Press guidebook.
After coffee at the lovely Cafe on the Green in the heart of Widecombe we drove the mile up to Dunstone Down where we picked up the official route. From there the way drops down to the historic hamlet at Jordan, then follows the pretty West Webburn river to the ford at Ponsworthy. A steep climb across the open moor to Bel Tor Corner (there’s often an ice-cream van here) enjoys increasingly far-reaching and fantastic views (whether walking north to south or south to north). The TMW then picks up Dr Blackall’s Drive, a Victorian carriage drive running high above the wooded valley of the Dart river (or Double Dart as some know it – the East and West Dart rivers join a little upstream at Dartmeet).
We stopped for a bite to eat at Leigh Tor, from where there are great views towards Leusdon and Buckland Beacon, then dropped steeply down through the wooded slopes to meet the River Dart, which is then followed to New Bridge.
And one of the best things about the walk was that we had to do it all again in the opposite direction!