Dartmoor is one of the most stunning areas of the country to explore. It can be a bewildering area to adventure through without a guide. Fortunately, there are many walks, routes and trails to be explored. And none are more beautiful or magical than the newly refurbished Wray Valley Trail.
After 20 years in the planning and construction, this historic Victorian trail has recently been reopened. For both walkers and cyclists to enjoy, the 11km trail follows the line of the old Newton Abbot to Moretonhampstead railway. The railway had a huge impact on the communities who lived in the valley and the people who visited the moor. Today its well surfaced paths are accessible to all. The trail follows the route of the disused Moretonhampstead branch line for the majority of its length and has required the construction of seven new structures and significant work to an existing rock cutting north of Lustleigh. Devon County Council has worked with local landowners and Dartmoor National Park to ensure the trail will benefit everyone.
The scheme has included the installation of two 25 metre bridges that were lifted into place over the A382 near Moretonhampstead, replacing the old railway bridges and taking the route over the main road.
The trail can be started from either Bovey Tracey or Moretonhampstead. The White Hart Hotel is the ideal base to set off from. The route gently winds its way along the valley through Parke Estate and the picturesque village of Lustleigh, There is a refreshing drink and wonderful bar menu awaiting the bold adventurer back at the Hotel. We serve coffee, afternoon tea and offer a cosy, traditional bar by the fire.
The White Hart is the ideal place for walkers and cyclists to stay to enjoy the Wray Valley Trail. Our Mews accommodation is perfect for groups and families. We have ample storage for your bikes and walking boots. And don’t forget dogs stay FREE with us. Call our reception for more information. We look forward to seeing you very soon.