Walking to Wistmans Wood

Wistman's Wood Walk

Wistman's Wood is an amazing and beautiful group of stunted oak trees growing among granite boulders, and makes a great walk from the Two Bridges Hotel.

Wistman's Wood lies about a mile north of the Two Bridges Hotel, covers some 3 hectares, and is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall. The wood is famous for its twisted and weathered dwarf trees, covered in mosses and lichens. The trees are mainly oak, but you'll also find mountain ash, hollies, and ground plants such as bilberry and woodrush, plus mosses, ferns and grasses.

There is no restriction on access to the woodland reserve, but visitors are asked not to light fires, and to keep outside any areas cordoned off for scientific work.

Walking to Wistmans Wood

Useful Information

The circular walk, taking in Wistman’s Wood and Crockern Tor, is approximately 5 miles, and you should allow a good 2 hours or so depending on your walking pace.  To start the walk, cross the main road directly to the side of the hotel, through a small car park and gate (take care crossing the road, due to the blind bend.)  Remember that the weather can change very quickly on Dartmoor, so you should wear plenty of layers and stout shoes or walking boots.  Make sure that you allow plenty of time to complete your walk before it gets dark!


Car Parking at the Two Bridges Hotel

Hotel Guests and Customers – free of charge.
Other Users – £5 for 4 hours – refundable against a purchase of food or drink.

Pick up our Wistman’s Wood walk leaflet and map at the hotel.

Wistman's Wood Walk - Step by Step

Local walking guide and Dartmoor expert Simon Dell takes us on a walk from the Two Bridges Hotel to the ancient and mysterious Wistman's Wood.

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A Walk to Wistman's Wood

For many visitors to the Two Bridges Hotel, one of the highlights is a walk to the nearby ancient Wistman's Wood.

Our guest contributor, Devon-based photographer Portia Crossley, gives us an account of her walk with hubby Reuben and four-legged friend Ia (followed by a Two Bridges afternoon tea and a well-deserved pint of Jail Ale).

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