Huntingdon Warren & Lud Gate from Scorriton

A West Buckfastleigh walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 30/01/17

This Dartmoor route uses a section of the Two Moors Way. The route follows paths and tracks although a good sense of direction is needed in what can be an unforgiving landscape. After wet weather, streams may be in spate so care is needed crossing them.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h15[?]
Distance Distance : 11.45km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 422m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 420m
Highest point Highest point : 470m
Lowest point Lowest point : 120m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : West Buckfastleigh
Starting point Starting point : N 50.50156° / W 3.82878°
Download : GPX track


(D)From the village of Scorriton, take the Two Moors Way west along a lane to Chalk Ford (grid ref. SX684680) where open moorland lies ahead. There are a number of stream crossings on this route so care is needed especially if there has been heavy rain recently.

(1)From this point the Two Moors Way heads roughly southwest to join a track at grid ref. SX678672 that comes west from Lud Gate. Bear right along this track and continue west to the bridge over Western Wella Brook (grid ref. SX667670). It is worth walking up to the cairn on top of Huntingdon Warren to enjoy the views before returning to the footbridge mentioned in the previous paragraph.

(2)The next part of the route follows Western Wella Brook south to Huntingdon Cross (grid ref. SX664662). There is a feint path on the eastern bank of the brook. At Huntingdon Cross, it is important to get your bearings.

(3)You need to take the Two Moors Way which heads just north of east from the cross. The path is generally clear although care is required to keep on course. This path leads back to the track from Lud Gate (grid ref. SX676671) which was used for part of the outward route.

(4)Bear right along this track to Lud Gate and continue along a track towards the Strole. Take the footpath on the left (grid ref. SX688673) leading initially north. The path descends towards Scae Wood becoming a walled track. Follow this past Higher Coombe to reach a lane. Turn left along the lane through Coombe following the lane up to Scorriton.(A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Scorriton
1 : km 2.19 - alt. km 2.19 - Chalk Ford
2 : km 5.04 - alt. km 5.04 - Huntingdon Warren cairn
3 : km 6.45 - alt. km 6.45 - Huntingdon Cross
4 : km 8.29 - alt. km 8.29 - Lud Gate
D/A : km 11.45 - alt. km 11.45 - Scorriton

Useful Information

This walk onto the south-western moors of Dartmoor requires some careful navigation and a good sense of direction. The walk starts in the village of Scorriton (grid ref. SX703684) where there are limited parking opportunities. Do be considerate and park carefully. The route uses a section of the arduous Two Moors Way which does provide some reliable signage. It is strongly recommended you have a copy of the OS 1:25000 map.

Click here to see how to reach the starting point.

Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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