We’ve tried our best to give you as much advice as possible about the route ahead and answering common questions people ask us. If however we haven’t answered all your questions, please get in touch and we’d be happy to help you further. Alternatively contact a local Information Centre such as Ivybridge TIC or Lynmouth Pavilion National Park Centre.
It is entirely up to you! The route is signposted in both directions. Traditionally the majority of walkers start in the south, finishing at Lynmouth and thus taking advantage of the prevailing winds!
Not if you don’t want to! Of course some like the challenge of self-sufficiency, but there are firms that provide luggage transfers along the route, and you may find some accommodation providers are happy to transfer your bags if arranged in advance.
There is no single owner of the route – it passes through private land. Local Highway departments and / or National Park Authorities are responsible for overseeing the maintenance of the route – see our page here on how to report a problem.
The whole route is waymarked, but in remote areas – in particular the Ivybridge to Scorriton section, and Dunstone Down/Hameldown to Chagford Common stretch on Dartmoor, and across The Chains on Exmoor – this is limited and walkers should carry, and be able to use, a map and compass. In the Two Moors Way guidebook an alternative low-level route is described to avoid Hameldown in bad weather, and the possibility of an alternative route to avoid the open moorland section north of Ivybridge is being investigated.
The route can be broken down into different length sections depending how fit you are and how far you wish to walk each day – see the route section. If you are unsure we would recommend you start out by doing some short sections as day walks in order to assess your abilities.
Beyond the advice given on this site we are unable to offer a bespoke service. However there are a number of holiday walking companies that can do just that – they will provide a range of different itineraries for you to choose from and will then make all the arrangements for you to walk the route with your accommodation bookings all taken care of.
If your dog is up for the challenge, then of course. Many accommodation providers will take well – behaved dogs, but do check in advance. Remember the dogs should be kept under close control during spring (lambs and nesting birds) and under control at all times.
The easiest way is to see if a friend is willing and able to drop you off and pick you up again at the other end. However there are lots of other options providing you plan ahead and have a little patience and flexibility. See our Transport page for details.
Of course not! There are many options to walk the route in short sections – for example completing a number of day walks, using the route as a backbone for a series of circular walks or completing a few days at a time (for example dividing the route into the sections crossing South Devon, Dartmoor, Mid Devon and Exmoor).
There are lots of other walking routes that intersect with the Two Moors Way if you want to extend it by following another recreational route. Alternatively use your maps and make use of the extensive Rights of Way network across Devon, Dartmoor and Exmoor to take in a few detours to other points of interest along the way.
If you don’t mind carrying your tent and equipment camping is possible. Please note that wild camping is only usually allowed in England when you have the express permission of the relevant landowner, and even National Parks are privately owned. Details of local campsites can be found on our site here. Within Dartmoor wild camping is permitted in many areas – find full details here.
Exmoor and Dartmoor both have their own dedicated search and rescue teams: www.exmoor-srt.org.uk and www.dartmoor-rescue.org.uk. Make sure you are properly equipped with the appropriate clothing and map and compass (and know how to use them) when crossing Exmoor and Dartmoor, in case conditions deteriorate.
If you want to get a feel for the route without setting off on your own, The Ramblers (Devon) and Moorland Guides on Dartmoor both run a varied programme of walks in the area: check our their websites to see what they are offering along the Two Moors Way – Devon’s Coast to Coast route.