Miles Without Stiles Longtimber Woods

Miles Without Stiles Longtimber Woods

Route Details

Route type: For Most. A linear, sheltered river valley route with a gentle gradient and wide gravel surface.

Disabled Ramblers Category Level: 1

Distance: 1km to the picnic area (2km there and back)

Start point: Top of Station Road, just below the railway viaduct in Ivybridge SX635569

Getting there: Northern edge of Ivybridge town, 9 miles east of Plymouth, off the A38.

Facilities: Public toilets in Watermark Centre, Ivybridge (PL21 0SZ, SX635563)

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This pleasant woodland route follows the River Erme upstream from just below the railway viaduct, passing a series of small waterfalls and pools. After 1km there is an information board and handy picnic area overlooking the river.


  1. Leave roadside parking at the top of Station Road and enter Longtimber Woods on a gravel path below the railway viaduct. You will find a useful interpretation board immediately on the left.
  2. Follow the gravel path for 1km, all the way to the picnic area.
  3. Return via the same route.

Did you know?

  • The River Erme begins its life at Erme Head (in the heart of the southern moor) and flows in a generally southerly direction past some of the best-preserved archaeological remains on Dartmoor to the coast near Holbeton; a journey of some 24km!
  • Keep an eye out for dippers and grey wagtails along the river, and buzzards and ravens further up the valley.
  • There are some splendid redwood trees on the opposite side of the river in Erme Wood.