Sparrowhawk Backpackers, 45 Ford Street, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor, Devon, TQ13 8LN
Call Alison on 01647 440318 or 07870 513570
OverviewSparrowhawk is a small, friendly eco-hostel in the centre of Moretonhampstead, popular with cyclists, hikers, climbers, bikers, artists, photographers and film makers, located within the breathtaking Dartmoor National Park. Moretonhampstead, 14 miles west of Exeter, can be reached by direct bus. Accommodation is in a beautifully converted stone stable, with solar-heated showers and a secure bike shed. High open moorland is close by for great hiking, cycling and off-road mountain biking, while the rocky tors rising up on the hilltops offer climbers a challenge. Wild swims in the rivers amongst woodlands or out on the moor are a must for the adventurous traveller. Magnificent stone circles, dwellings and burial sites of ancient civilizations together with wild ponies, buzzards, flora and fauna are all here to be explored. Moretonhampstead has shops, cafés, art gallery/studios and pubs serving good food/ beer. CTC/ Cicerone LeJoG/ Dartmoor Way cycle routes are on the doorstep.
Beds & Rooms:16 beds: 1x14 + 1 double room.
Price per night:Adults dorm £20 / U14 £10. Double room £45 (for 2 people)
Booking:Book ahead if possible by phone or email.
Directions:M5/A30/B3212 or A382 from Exeter, take the B3212 signposted on the one-way system at Exe Bridges. From Plymouth head towards Yelverton and then B3212. The hostel is on Ford Street (A382) 100 metres from tourist office.
Public Transport:Direct from Exeter Bus 359, indirect 178. From Okehampton or Newton Abbot Bus 173 or 179. Enquires Tel 0870 6082608.
Walks:Long Distance Walks Trans Euro Trail Land's End to John O Groats on foot LEJOG Land's End to John O'Groats by bike Land's End Trail and Mary Michael Pilgrim's Way
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Another lockdown project completed
October 22nd 2021
New curtains, new paint, new cooker, toaster and microwave. Sparrowhawk Backpackers is looking spic and span for 2022.
The small, friendly Eco-Hostel, Sparrowhawk Backpackers, is in the market town of Moretenhampstead right in the centre of wild Dartmoor. A converted stone stable with solar water heating and an open courtyard welcome you. They are well set up for cycling, being right on the CTC/ Cicerone LeJoG and Dartmoor Way cycle routes, and with secure storage.
Dartmoor is a magical and challenging place, it has attracted walkers, cyclists, artists and writers, climbers and dreamers for centuries. Come along yourself and lose yourself amid the high moors, broken tors, ancient stone circles and wooded rivers.
Great value, in a great location!
May 24th 2021
Our small friendly eco hostel in Dartmoor National Park is perfect for a low cost holiday in this popular part of the country. Please get in touch to enquire/book.
Explore the off-road and on-road cycle routes in Dartmoor National Park or take a nights break on the LeJoG Cycle Route
March 11th 2019
The hostel’s accommodation is in a beautifully converted stone stable, with solar-heated showers, a fully equipped kitchen and a secure bike shed. The Tour Of Britain and other cycle events take place in this area.
LeJoG? Is that a designer label for runners? No! Its the funky portmanteau word to replace the cumbersome Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle route.
If you’re planning your attack on this 900-odd mile cycling epic, Sparrowhawk Backpackers in Moretonhampstead on Dartmoor is recommended as a second night stop. Obviously that’s if you’re going South to North. If its your second night after starting out from John O’Groats, you’ve made suspiciously rapid progress and we might have to ask for a urine sample!
The hostel’s accommodation is in a beautifully converted stone stable, with solar-heated showers, a fully equipped kitchen and a secure bike shed.
You are more than likely to be tempted to stay longer though. Dartmoor has plenty of off-road and on-road cycle routes. Moretonhampsetad village is a charming place to explore. It has cafes and lively pubs serving great food and beer. After a day cycling over open moorland though wooded valleys, you’re likely to welcome these comforts. There’s also an art gallery, an open-air heated swimming pool and small independent shops.
I can picture you passing through on your LeJoG adventure (I’m warming to the abbreviation now), and making a mental note to come back when you’re more at leisure and spend a bit of time here.