A Walk across the Walkham

Yelverton / Tavistock, Devon

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Distance: 7 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Start/End point: Yelverton/Tavistock

The West Devon Way walking route links Plymouth and Okehampton, much of the route following the western edge of Dartmoor. This walk follows a length of the West Devon Way between Yelverton and Tavistock.

This length begins on a route parallel to the valley of the River Walkham as it descends off Dartmoor, before crossing the river at the picturesque Double Waters, where the Walkham meets the Tavy. The walk then climbs across West Down, another open area of semi-moorland, before descending into Tavistock.

This walk is designed as a one-way trip along the West Devon Way, using the regular bus service between Tavistock and Yelverton to reach the start.

Relevant maps/guides: Landranger (1:50,000 scale) No. 201 Plymouth and Launceston; Explorer (1:25,000 scale) No. 108 Lower Tamar Valley.

Facilities along route: Tavistock has all facilities; Yelverton has shops, pub, buses and car parks. There are no facilities along the walk.

Notes on route: 11 km/7 miles; no stiles; one climb of 100m/330 ft.
Theme: Moorland
Special Interest: Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Nature, Wildlife
Area: Dartmoor National Park

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Specialist Features

  • Linear Route
  • Moderate Route



Map & Directions

Road Directions

Plentiful car parking in Tavistock.



Public Transport Directions

Tavistock is served by regular bus services to and from Plymouth, Okehampton, Torrington, Bideford and Barnstaple. There are also less frequent services to and from Princetown, Moretonhampstead and Exeter as well as Bere Alston.




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