The Granite Way

About this route

The Granite Way is an 11-mile cycle and walkway running between Okehampton and Lydford along the north western edge of Dartmoor. It is mostly traffic free, largely following the course of the former Southern Region railway line. A journey along the Granite Way offers good views of the granite landscape of Dartmoor, as well as a number of specific sites of geological interest.


Getting Around

Okehampton – there are regular bus services from Exeter, Plymouth and Barnstaple. A limited train runs to Okehampton from Exeter on summer Sundays. Visit the Travel Devon website for the latest times.

By road: follow signs from the A30 to Okehampton Station along the B3260.

By bike: the site is part of the NCN Route 27, Devon Coast to Coast.

Lydford – a regular bus service operates between Plymouth and Barnstaple, see the Travel Devon website.

By road: via the Dartmoor Inn on the A386, follow signs to Lydford and Lydford Gorge.

Okehampton (all facilities) and Lydford (refreshments), Meldon Viaduct (visitor centre and café).
Largely asphalt surfaces. Some rougher paths away from the main route.

Interesting information

Meldon Quarry is close to Okehampton. This large working site, mostly hidden in the landscape, produces hard rock such as hornfels. This is used in a variety of ways, but in particular it has provided the aggregates for road building and rail ballast since 1895.

Further south is the impressive silhouette of Sourton Tors (reached by a footpath north of Sourton). Unlike most of Dartmoor’s tors they are not made of granite. Instead, they also consist of hornfels that, as at Meldon, were created when hot granite intruded into the original rocks of this area. The actual point of contact between these rocks with the granite is approximately a kilometre further south-east. As you look out onto Dartmoor, you will see an area which was once a plateau and you can observe how, over millions of years, rivers have cut through the rock creating distinctive valleys.

At the southern end of the trail is the famous Lydford Gorge.

Photo of cyclists on a trail under a viaduct on the Granite Way
Granite Way

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