Like many rural areas public transport along the route is limited. However with a bit of flexibility, planning and patience it is possible to use public transport along many sections, and in particular between the start and finish. As services can change regularly it is best to always check with Traveline for the most up-to-date timetables and service information.
Accessing Wembury and Ivybridge
Most people walk the route from south to north. Ivybridge is served by mainline rail as well as national coach services. If you wish to extend the route from Wembury to make a Coast to Coast walk taxis are available between Ivybridge and Wembury, or you could take the train to Plymouth, walk to the city bus station (approx. 10 minutes) and take the bus to Wembury. Alternatively you can further extend your walk by a day and follow the South West Coast Path from Plymouth to Wembury.
For public transport information on Exmoor visit the National Park website. Currently there are year-round buses (note no Sunday service) from Lynton (situated above Lynmouth – a steep 20-minute walk, or utilise the Victorian water-powered cliff railway) to Barnstaple – 309/310 service. From Barnstaple the Tarka Railway line can be taken to Exeter connecting with mainline services to Ivybridge and Plymouth.
Local taxi services are also available and the MoorRover provides a bespoke minibus service for walkers bookable in advance.
It is possible to get a four-day or weekly parking ticket from the Lynton Tourist Information Centre if you want to leave a car here before heading to Ivybridge or Wembury and walking back to your car.
If you don’t wish to carry your luggage while completing the route over a number of days there are luggage carrying services available. Luggage Transfers is the main operator offering a service along the entire route. The MoorRover will also carry bags within the Exmoor National Park. Some accommodation providers will be happy to help transfer your luggage but this should always be arranged in advance.