Highlights

  • Walk Inn-to-Inn from the English Channel to Bristol Channel
  • Visit Slapton, center of US operations for D-Day Normandy Landings
  • Private visit to Castle Drogo, Englands youngest castle
  • Outstanding scenery walking through two national parks
  • Picturesque mix of coastline and high moorland

Walk inn-to-inn in Devons wild countryside and enjoy the best of both coasts, from the English Channel to the shores of Bristol Channel. This is an area favored by British holiday makers from the cities lured by the untamed natural beauty of the moors and the ancient village life that flourishes here. Known for its rolling rural landscapes and coast, Devon has had a role in world history since Roman times all the way through to the Normandy Landings. This is a fun and intriguing Walk through an historic part of Britain not often in the limelight.

Sunday Overnight: The Dart Marina Hotel

Transfer from Totnes rail station to our hotel in Dartmouth. Well meet this evening for a Welcome Reception and Dinner in the hotel.

Monday Overnight: The Dart Marina Hotel

Journey south to the now sleepy hamlet of Slapton, the center of US operations during the Normandy Landings. Then walk along South Devons most beautiful coastline, stopping for lunch at Blackpool Sands, famous for the Battle of Blackpool Sands, when a force of local men and women routed an entire French fleet and prevented their raid on the port of Dartmouth. Our path continues along the mouth of the River Dart to its historic port.

Tuesday Overnight: Mill End Hotel

Walk on the banks of the River Dart, following a rock-strewn course overhung by ancient oaks. We pass thatched houses in hamlets and on farms and cross open moorland at Wind Tor before reaching Widecombe-in-the-Moor for a pub lunch and a visit to the famous 15th-century church. In the afternoon we see a deserted medieval village before we reach our country house hotel just outside historic Chagford.

Wednesday Overnight: Bickleigh Castle

Follow the River Teign to the ancient Fingle Bridge before climbing up to Castle Drogo, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and perched 900 feet above sea level. Lunch in the thatched village of Drewsteignton before strolling through rolling farmland, stopping to see the ancient and modern construction of cob. We transfer to our hotel in Bickleigh and enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.

Thursday Overnight: The Royal Oak

Walk through fertile farming country from Exebridge to the little market town of Dulverton where we have lunch. Continue along the chattering River Barle, once a communication route for Viking raiders, and climb a ridge where we may see buzzards and perhaps some red deer. We end our day with dinner in our hotel in Withypool.

Friday Overnight: The Crown Hotel

Walk up Winsford Hill, hoping to see the tough little Exmoor ponies, Britain's oldest native breed, that like to run on the open moor. We explore the Caractacus Stone, reputed to commemorate a Bronze Age chief. A bracken-fringed path brings us to a deep valley and pretty Winsford for lunch in a thatched pub. Following the river Exe, we reach the hidden village of Exford.

Saturday Overnight: The Crown Hotel

Today, experience the vast expanse of Exmoor. We enjoy grand views across the Bristol Channel to Wales and the Welsh mountains and descend through oak woods to the pretty village of Porlock. In the afternoon we cross salt marshes to the beach at Porlock Bay then drive back to our hotel for our Farewell Dinner.

Sunday

After breakfast, The Wayfarers will see you safely to Taunton rail station for your onward rail and bus connections.
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Pastoral countryside, estuaries, woodlands, wild uplands and open moorland. Some hills and a few steep paths. 12-16 miles walking per day.

TRIP DETAILS

7 Nights from
$4,995.00
Per Person, Double Occupancy
(Single Supplement $595.00)
Our Wayfarers friends' Price is $4,745.00

Dates

23-JUN-19 - 30-JUN-19
15-SEP-19 - 22-SEP-19
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Begins: Totnes Rail Station Ends: Taunton Rail Station

Activities

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Hotels - Where we stay

The Dart Marina

The Dart Marina

The Dart Marina could not be situated in a more magical place. Within a few steps of the water on the banks of the River Dart, this Dartmouth hotel has an ambience of unpretentious style, impeccable facilities and immense warmth. Stylishly designed with a palette of soft neutrals, all bedrooms have crisp white linen, deep, fluffy towels and bathrobes, hairdryer, flat screen TV and a river view. Guests are welcome to relax in the health spa where facilities include indoor pool, steam room, spa bath and fitness suite. As a premier Dartmouth restaurant, the elegant River Restaurant provides a wide selection of West Country fine foods where Chef, Mark Streeter, excels using the freshest local produce. Wi-Fi internet access is available in all bedrooms and the bar/lounge area.

Mill End Hotel Chagford

Mill End Hotel Chagford

Mill End feels more like a comfortable country house than a hotel. Tucked away in one of Englands most beautiful regions, Mill End provides the perfect blend of country house charm and warmth, and as one of the AAs Top 200 hotel and restaurants in the country, you will enjoy superb accommodation and exceptional food and wines in an idyllic location. Each bedroom is individually decorated with its own style and offers the usual in-room facilities including ensuite bathroom, television, phone, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. Wi-Fi internet access in available in the downstairs public rooms.

Bickleigh Castle

Bickleigh Castle

Dating back to the 14th century, the Bickleigh Castle is a 15 room bed and breakfast that is nestled on 30 acres in Devon. Set in a peaceful and restful setting, enjoy nature as you sit by the Exe River that runs through the estate and flows towards the sea. On the property is a chapel dating back to the 11th century which still stands intact. This non-smoking property includes free wifi in public areas, a bar, hot tub/jacuzzi, chapel, lounge, ironing facilities and free on-site parking.
The Royal Oak Withypool

The Royal Oak Withypool

Located in possibly the most beautiful part of Exmoor, The Royal Oak is just four miles from the ancient and wonderful Tarr Steps. The Inn was originally built in Withypool 300 years ago and it has retained it's genuine 'olde worlde' charm. It has attracted a variety of famous and infamous people: during the 1930's the Inn was owned and run by Gladys and Maxwell Knight, the spy-master and radio broadcaster, upon whom the character of 'M', James Bond's boss, was based. And, in the week before D-Day, General Eisenhower visited The Royal Oak Inn while taking a break from planning the invasion. The Inn's bedrooms are all comfortably furnished and decorated to a high standard, without compromising their individual characters. They all have a private bathroom, television, radio, telephone, hair dryer and tea & coffee making facilities. Wi-Fi internet access is available in some bedrooms and all public rooms. There are two bars for guests to enjoy: the Residents Bar and Jake's Bar both of which feature beamed ceilings and crackling log fires. The Inn also has an outstanding restaurant serving delicious meals. The meat and fish are all sourced locally and, as the seasons allow, vegetables and other ingredients are also fine quality Exmoor produce.

The Crown Hotel Exford

The Crown Hotel Exford

The warmest of welcomes awaits everyone who steps over the threshold of this famous 17th century family run coaching inn and sporting hotel. Situated in 3 acres of gardens in the middle of Exford, one of Exmoor's prettiest villages, it is surrounded by stunning countryside and moorland where Exmoor ponies, red deer and birds of prey roam free. All bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms and every comfort to make your stay memorable. Wi-Fi internet access is available in most bedrroms and all public rooms. The elegant candlelit dining room boasts 2 AA Rosettes and, under the auspices of Head Chef Paul Webber, has an excellent reputation both locally and nationally. All ingredients are sourced for their quality and, wherever possible, are locally produced. As one would expect of Exmoor's oldest coaching inn, the hotel has a characterful bar which is very much the hub of village life. In these lovely surroundings there are also opportunities to enjoy riding, fishing, shooting and cycling

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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • A Wayfarers' water bottle and luggage tags
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants