Lych Way Walk

Sunday ?? September 2017
A walk along the ancient route of the Lych Way “The Way of the Dead” from Bellever to Lydford

Start at 0900 hours Bellever Forest Car Park Map Reference 655771
– note that payment is now required for parking here


Until it was revoked in the 13th century, it was compulsory for interments to take place in the deceased’s own churchyard. The whole of the forest is in the parish of Lydford and funerals were therefore obliged to cross the moor from farms to the churchyard.

The route of 13 miles is a compromise, but as you enjoy the walk, try to imagine the difficult task of carrying a coffin across the open moor and rivers without the benefit of modern fabrics and equipment.


The Route:  The walk will start at Bellever Forest Car Park and finish at the National Trust Car Park at Lydford Gorge.  Each team must plan and prepare their own route using the grid references which will be given for each of the checkpoints.  The team should use OS Explorer map OL28 of Dartmoor.

Suggested Equipment: Suitable equipment for a day on open moorland in September. Conditions, which can change rapidly, should mean that you have at least; good footwear, waterproofs, hat, gloves, map, compass, torch, whistle, food and drink. Be prepared for anything from hot sun to cold rain.

Skills:  Due to the fact that some of the walk is on open moorland, at least one of the team must have basic navigation, compass and map reading skills. If you feel you do not have these skills you may be guided by one of the Dartmoor Rescue Team Plymouth team.

Timings:  The walk will start at 0900 hours (no team will be accepted after 9.30 a.m.).  The cut off time for the finish will be 1800 hours.

Did you know that The Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team, Plymouth:

  • Is a voluntary organisation funded by donation
  • Provides a vital all year round search and rescue service throughout South West Devon, East Cornwall and Dartmoor
  • Provides the Police with nearly 1,000 man-hours of search resources annually
  • Oversees the safety of over 1000 children during the annual Ten Tors event
  • Provides a valuable search resource that regularly helps the elderly, infirm and mentally ill
  • Pays nothing to volunteers for their role and that all funds go towards equipment and running costs
  • Assists at public events providing first aid cover with our qualified Casualty Carers, some of whom are medical staff in their day jobs

Thank you for supporting this walk; we hope you enjoy the experience of walking on Dartmoor, and hope to see you again on one of our other walks …. our next walk will be the “Postbridge Challenge” on 19th February 2017


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