Devon’s only coast-to-coast footpath marks 40th birthday

Posted on: 23 September 2016

The Two Moors Way, the walking route that links Devon’s two coastlines,  has been relaunched at its 40th birthday celebrations.

path-to-witheridgeThe event, at Simonsbath on Exmoor on Thursday 22 September 2016, not only celebrated a raft of improvements on the 100-mile route but also paid tribute to the late Joe turner who founded it.

The Two Moors Way was first established in 1976 and links the two National Parks in the South West via a 102 mile walking route between Ivybridge on the southern border of Dartmoor with Lynmouth on the rugged north coast of Exmoor.

There is also a popular option to extend the route 15 miles between Wembury on the south Devon coast and Ivybridge to form a Devon Coast to Coast route utilising the Erme-Plym barle-valley-nr-simonsbath-lscpetrail.

The route is being improved and updated through a partnership of  Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, Devon County council and other interested bodies.

This work includes the re-establishment of the Two Moors Way Association – which promotes the route and suggests trail improvements – and the launch of a new pocket guide and website.

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Devon County Council’s Countryside and PROW team have been involved with surveying, updating and way-marking the route,   replacing stiles with gates,  surface improvements, and renewing a section of boardwalk at Knowstone.

They are also in the process of installing new steps at Cheriton Bishop and improving a stretch of bridleway at West Anstey.

Pocket guides will be available at local visitor centres along the route and will be distributed widely to attract new visitors to the area.

The website features full route descriptions, sleeping and eating listings and a whole host of practical information along inspirational photography and a section for users to share their experiences.

hw-clapper-lscpe-chrisNew web films, a visitor passport scheme and business engagement workshops will follow in the coming months alongside support and training for volunteers to help maintain the route into the future.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Cllr Stuart Hughes

Highways with responsibility for walking networks, said: “The Two Moors Way is a vital part of Devon County Council’s strategic long-distance walking network.

“It is the only route that connects Devon’s north and south coasts. Each year it is walked by thousands of people, many on trekking holidays, providing an economic boost to rural communities between the moors which are less visited than other parts of the county.”

Dan James, Sustainable Economy Manager at Exmoor National Park, said “The Two Moors way incorporates two coasts, two National Parks and over 100 miles of breath-taking scenery. At 40 years old the route was beginning to look a bit tired and most of the information available had become quite dated. It has been a great opportunity to bring different partners together to give the route a welcome boost.”

John Howells, Chairman of the Two Moors Way Association,  said: “We were delighted when we heard about the possibility of a project to reinvigorate the route. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to work alongside other project partners and I’m really pleased that the Association has been re-established enabling us to provide a one stop shop for those people interested in walking the route, in addition to supporting the public bodies to maintain the route and its promotion as public funding comes under ever increasing pressures.”

1 comment on “Devon’s only coast-to-coast footpath marks 40th birthday

  1. ALEX PALMER says:

    We have lived in Mid Devon for 3 years after moving to Mid Devon from Bristol and choosing Black Dog. We have just joined Crediton Library and am very pleased to see that on the News website that the Two Moors walk is being updated and revamped, Bravo to all involved.

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