The Dartmoor Way Cycle Route is a 95 mile-long circular route that winds its way around the natural beauty of the Dartmoor National Park, linking hamlets, villages and towns along its length.
It has now been updated to completely circle Dartmoor.In addition to the main circular route, there is a 26 mile-long High Moorland link
This allows you to follow a 'figure of eight' route, or alternatively enjoy either of the shorter north or south circular routes separately.
The Dartmoor Way also shares some of its route with the Granite Way from Okehampton going south, the Devon C2C from Ilfracombe to Plymouth, Drakes trail from Tavistock to Plymouth and the Tour de Manche, a cycle route that travels through Devon and Dorset, cross's the channel to Cherbourg and continues through Normandy and Brittany to reach Roscoff and then back across the water to Plymouth.
Being a circular route, users can join and leave with more ease than would be possible if it were linear. It is fully waymarked in both directions.
The Way was originally conceived in 2000 under the stewardship of Dartmoor Towns. This being a company formed to promote joint links between the moorland towns and villages.
In 2009, it was decided to update and enhance the route. A feasibility study was carried out by Devon Renaissance which demonstrated there was a demand for improving the way. Funding was sourced and £48,000 has been given to the project from a number of organisations;
GD LEAF, DCC, The Naturesave Trust, M & G J Trust and Glendinning.
The project was overseen by Sustrans, the cycling charity.
The Dartmoor Way is managed by The Dartmoor Way CIC, company number 8929127 –