Sparrowhawk Backpackers, 45 Ford Street, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor, Devon, TQ13 8LN
Sparrowhawk 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.
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18: 1×14 + double/family room.
Adults dorm £19. U14 £10. Double room £42 (for 2 people).
Book ahead if possible by phone or email.
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.
Direct from Exeter Bus 359, indirect 178. From Okehampton or Newton Abbot Bus 173 or 179. Enquires Tel 0870 6082608.
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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.
Dartmoor is dotted with stone circles and stone rows.
Dartmoor National Park is dotted all over with ancient stone rows and stone circles. Grab an ordnance survey map and a pair of strong boats and wonder across the wild moorland to find them. Often close to roads, seemly unnoticed and forgotten, you can find large areas of stone patterns. A stay at Sparrowhawk Backpackers, will give plenty of time to explore the Dartmoor National Park, and a pleasant room with self catering to come home to.
Ideal accommodation on the Lands End to John O Groats cycle route.
Sparrowhawk Backpackers in Moretonhampstead is recommended for the second nights accommodation on the Lands End to John O Groats cycle route. Moretonhampsetad has small independent shops, cafes and lively pubs serving great food and beer. After a day cycling over open moorland though wooded valleys
Greenhill Art Gallery,Contemporary art and pottery studios.
Open air solar-heated swimming pool in summer.
Tennis courts and sports centre.
Dartmoor Way Cycle Route
Dartmoor Cycle Hub
On C.T.C. End2End /LeJoG/Cicerone guide, cycle hostel route. Sparrowhawk is recommended for 2nd night.
Easily accessible/main bus routes. bus stop is 2mins. walk from hostel