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Walk Start Points 2016

Please note car park charges may apply in some car parks.

The car parks listed below are great places to star a Dartmoor walk from. Why not visit a National Park Visitor centre where you can get advice from centre staff on routes and purchase everything you need for a safe and enjoyable day out.

Bus logo, links to start point pageThe bus service information provided below corresponds to scheduled bus services which pass (they are not all listed bus stops) or stop at these start point locations.  Whilst travelling across Dartmoor a hail and ride service operates where it is safe and practical for the bus driver to stop.  Bus time tables are available from Tourist Information Centres (including National Park Information Centres), Libraries and Post Offices.  Alternatively telephone 0871 200 22 33 or visit www.travelinesw.com 

The DNPA cannot accept responsibility for any alterations or cancellations to the timetables and you are strongly recommended to seek confirmation of the timetables from the relevant public transport provider

The links below provides access to an interactive map which show start points for the guided walks.  You can use these maps to locate your starting point. For additional help using this system please refer to our GIS help page.)

[2] Bedford Bridge (SX 504 702).
A386 between Tavistock and Yelverton, Car Park near bridge just north of Horrabridge.  Entrance beside telephone box.

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[4] Belstone (SX 621 938).
Car park opposite Village Hall, north east of village centre.  
Bus service 670 and 986.

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[5] Bel Tor Corner (SX 694 731).
Car park on south side of road, north west of Poundsgate on the Ashburton – Dartmeet/Two Bridges Road. Meet here for booked visits to Higher Uppacott. For an interactive visit to Higher Uppacott visit www.virtuallydartmoor.org.uk (external site, opens new window).

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[82] Burrator Quarry (SX 549 676).
As you approach from Dousland use quarry car park south of reservoir on your left  before the Dam and Toilets.  Bus 48 (Sunday only).

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[7] Cadover Bridge (SX 554 648).
South of Meavy.  Park in large car park south of bridge on left.

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[8] Chagford (SX 701 874).
Jubilee car park in the centre of the village.  
Bus service 671, 173 and 178.  The bus stop is in the square a short walk from the public car park.

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[9] Combestone Tor (SX 670 717).
On the Holne - Hexworthy road mid way between Venford Reservoir and the Forest Inn.  Car park is on the north side of the road next to the Tor.

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[11] Dartmeet (SX 672 732).
Badger's Holt car park with toilets/information board.

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[12] Dunnabridge (SX 641 746).
Car park on south of road, 2.5 miles (4km) from Dartmeet towards Two Bridges on B3357.  

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[13] Fernworthy Reservoir (SX 669 838).
Car park with toilets.

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[14] Fingle Bridge (SX 744 899).
Car park with toilets.
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[15] Haytor lower car park (SX 765 771).
Car park with National Park Visitor Centre and toilets, below the rocks on the B3387 Bovey Tracey – Widecombe-in-the-Moor road. For an interactive visit to Haytor visit www.virtuallydartmoor.org.uk  
Saturday bus service 271 Easter - end of August (Haytor Hoppa).  The official bus stop is outside the Moorlands Hotel however there is a request stop at the entrance to the car park with the Information centre.

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[67] Heathfield Down (SX 600 602).
Car Park on right before Heathfield Cross 700m NW of Cornwood towards Lee Moor.
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[18] Hound Tor (SX 739 792).
Take B3387 Bovey Tracey –Widecombe road. ½ Mile from Hemsworthy Gate cattle grid take signed turning for Hound Tor.  Large car park to the west of the Tor.  For an interactive visit to Hound Tor visit www.virtuallydartmoor.org.uk  
Saturday bus service 271 Easter - end of August (Haytor Hoppa).

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[19] Ivybridge (park and ride)(SX 648 566).
Ivybridge Park and Ride car park is signed from the main A38.
Several bus services are available, please contact the information centre (01752 897035) or Traveline for details.

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[20] King's Oven (SX 675 810).
109 yards (100 metres) north east of Warren House Inn on B3212 Postbridge - Moretonhampstead road.  
Bus Service 82.  This is a hail and ride service with the location between the Warren House Inn and Minature Pony Centre timetabled bus stops.  King's Oven car park is the last car park (approx 20 Metres) before the Warren House Inn as you head towards Postbridge.

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[143] Lane End Car Park (SX 537 823).
Car Park north of Higher Willsworthy (approach from Mary Tavy).
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[56] Lydford High Down (SX 525 853).
Off A386 Okehampton - Tavistock road (opposite Lydford turning) Large car park along track beside Dartmoor Inn.  
Bus Services 118 and 187.  The Dartmoor Inn is a timetabled bus stop for these services.

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[23] Meldon Reservoir (SX 561 917).
Nr Okehampton. Car park on approach road to dam.

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[70] Meldon Woods (SX 566 930).
Follow road from Okehampton, turning left towards Meldon Quarry at Betty Cottles Restaurant. Car park on right after crossing over dual carriageway.

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[24] Merrivale (SX 560 748).
Four Winds', large walled car park in trees on south side of B3357 Two Bridges - Tavistock road.  
Bus service 98.  This car park is located between the Princetown and Merrivale timetabled bus stops.

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[47] Moretonhampstead (SX 751 860).
Court street car park on B3212, (Moretonhampstead - Princetown road).  
For more information on public transport please contact the information centre (01647 440043) or Traveline for details.

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[25] Newbridge (SX 711 708).
Car park with toilets by bridge, 4 miles (6km) west of Ashburton on the Ashburton – Dartmeet/Two Bridges Road.

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[26] Norsworthy Bridge (SX 567 693).
Small car park at north east end of Burrator Reservoir.  

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[65] Okehampton YH (SX 592 944).
Turn up Station road and follow signs to Youth Hostel.

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[29] Parke (SX 805 784).
National Park Head Quarters, Bovey Tracey.  Park in visitors car park (£2.00 daily charge, free for NT members).
Bus Service 271 (Haytor Hoppa) This is a hail and ride service and the route passes this location.
Alternatively this is a 15 minute walk from Bovey Tracey where other services available please contact the information centre (01626 832047) or Traveline for details.

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[30] Pork Hill (SX 530 751).
Large car park on south side of B3357 between Tavistock and Merrivale (shown as a viewpoint on the 1:25000 Explorer OL28 Map).  
Bus Services 98.  This is a request bus stop between the Merrivale and Tavistock timetabled bus stops.

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[31] Postbridge (SX 646 788).
Car park by the National Park Visitor Centre on B3212. For an interactive visit to Postbridge visit www.virtuallydartmoor.org.uk (opens new window).
Bus Services 48, 82 and 98.  The bus stop is located at the entrance to this car park.

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[32] Princetown (SX 589 735)
Large car park in the town centre near the National Park Visitor Centre. For an interactive visit to Princetown visit www.virtuallydartmoor.org.uk (opens new window).
Bus Services 48, 82 and 98.  The bus stops are located with in sight of the Visitor Centre.

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[33] Prewley (SX 544 910).
Car parking area up small track off A386 (signed Granite Way), 3/4 mile (1km) north of Sourton village.

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[144] Ringmoor Down (SX 560 670).
500m North of Ringmoor Cottage towards Nattor.

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[34] Shapley Common (SX 698 834).
Car park on north side of B3212 between Moretonhampstead and Postbridge (shown as a viewpoint on the 1:25000 Explorer OL28 Map).  If approaching from Moretonhampsted it is approx 2km from the Minature Pony Centre and is the first car park on your right after you cross the cattle grid.  
Bus Service 48 & 82.  This is a hail and ride service with the location between the Minature Pony Centre and Warren House Inn timetabled bus stops.

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[61] South Brent (SX 697 603).
Old station car park on road to Didworthy.  
Bus service X38 and X80

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[38] Steps Bridge (SX 802 883).
Car park on Exeter to Moretonhampstead road 1 ½  km from Dunsford towards Moretonhampstead.  
Bus Service 48, 359 and 82.  This location is a timetabled bus stop.

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[6] Trenchford Reservoir Car park (SX 804 823).
From Hennock (near Bovey Tracey) Trenchford and Tottiford reservoirs are signed from the centre of the village and are approx 3km (2 miles) from Hennock.

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[41] Two Bridges (SX 609 750).
Quarry car park opposite Two Bridges Hotel on the B3212.  
Bus Service 82 and 98.  This location is a timetabled stop for these services.

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[42] Venford Reservoir (SX 685 712).
Car park with toilets west of dam on the Holne – Hexworthy road.

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[53] Widecombe-in-the-Moor (SX 719 768).
Main car park with toilets near the Green (charges apply).    
Bus service 271 (Haytor Hoppa).

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[45] Yarner Wood (SX 784 788).
Entrance on Bovey Tracy to Manaton Road, 2 miles (4km) from Bovey Tracey.  Meet in car park.  
Saturday bus service 271 (Haytor Hoppa) Easter - end of August.  This bus service passes this location and is a hail and ride service.

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[54] Yelverton (SX 521 678).
Church car park by roundabout, entrance off the A386 Roborough/Plymouth road.  
Bus services 82, 83, 84, 86, x85, 55, 56, 85 and 98
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[77] Gutter Tor (SX 580 673).
Follow road through Sheepstor Village to end, park near scout hut.
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[125] Deeper Marsh car park, Newbridge (SX 713 712).
Approaching from Ashburton take the first right hand turning having passed over Newbridge and passed the toilets (on your left). The car park is approximately 200 metres on your left.
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[149]  Ruddycleave Bridge nr Widecombe-in-the-moor (SX 735 746).
There are several roads on which this start point could be approached but from Cold East Cross follow the road signposted Ponsworthy 3 miles the car park is a ¼ of a mile on the right hand side just before the bridge.
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[150] Yennadon Car Park, nr Burrator (SX  547 692).
Travel along the B3212 Yelverton – Princetown road and turn EAST at the Welltown crossroads, over the cattlegrid. The car park is at the top on the right hand side (marked Lowery Cross on the OS map).
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Page last updated: 02 Feb 2016
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