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 is 14 miles west of Exeter and 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 and Dartmoor Way cycle routes are on the doorstep. This accommodation is featured on our map of Devon, Cornwall and the West Country and here is its own website.
Rooms & Beds:18: 1x14 + double/family room.
Price per night:Adults dorm £19. U14 £10. Double room £45 (for 2 people).
Booking:Book ahead if possible by phone or email.
Directions: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
This accommodation is in a National Park, is available to individuals, is an 'Eco Hostel' and has a pub within walking distance. It is on the walking festivals page, the page of accommodation near Castles, the Land's End to John O' Groats Cycle Route, the The Dartmoor National Park & Exmoor National Park map, the The Land's End Trail & Mary Michael Pilgrim's Way Map and the City, Backpacker and Boutique Hostels map.
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Visit the ruins of Hound Tor medieval village on Dartmoor and discover the legend of Bowerman’s Nose
August 13th 2019
This guided walk takes place on 27th August as part of the 2019 Dartmoor Walking Festival. Friendly walkers accommodation available at Sparrowhawk Backpackers just 5 miles away.
The 2019 Dartmoor Walking Festival will be held from Saturday 24th August until Sunday 1st September 2019 in conjunction with the National Disabled Ramblers. You can see the walks schedule here.
The walk on 27th August, starting at Hound Tor Car Park is an opportunity to have a guided tour of the houses and barns that form this 13th century village. This walk of about 1 mile is over comparatively easy ground but does involve the ascent of the tor. Booking is required to attend. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sparrowhawk hostel is an Eco Hostel in the heart of Morehampstead a small moorland town. Book via the IHUK website or the hostel’s own site for best rates for both you and the hostel owner. Photo ©VisitBritain/Guy Richards
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.
December 23rd 2018
Nestled amid the magical wilderness of Dartmoor
Wild and rocky; windswept and glorious; by turns heart-breaking and inspiring; able to turn from sunny good-cheer to dark melancholy instantly. No, I’m not talking about the latest Foo Fighters album, I’m talking about Dartmoor.
The small, friendly Eco-Hostel, Sparrowhawk Backpackers, is right in the centre of it. 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.