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Bus

Bus 98 (one daily Monday to Saturday) Operated by Target Travel, this is the only regular bus into the centre of the moor. It runs from Tavistock to Princetown, Two Bridges and Postbridge, then circles back to Yelverton. A couple of afternoon buses only go as far as Princetown and back.

Bus 173 (five daily Monday to Saturday) Run by Dartline Coaches, this service goes from Exeter to Chagford, with two buses a day continuing to Moretonhampstead.

Bus 1 (four per hour Monday to Saturday, hourly Sunday) This Stagecoach service shuttles from Plymouth to Tavistock, via Yelverton.

Bus 178 (one daily Monday to Saturday) Travels from Newton Abbot to Okehampton, via Bovey Tracey, Moretonhampstead and Chagford. Operated by Country Bus.

Bus 113 (one daily Monday to Friday) Country Bus from Tavistock to Trago Mills, stopping at Yelverton, Princetown, Two Bridges, Ashburton and Newton Abbot.

Bus 6A (four per day Monday to Saturday, one Sunday) Skirts the northern edge of the moor en route from Bude to Exeter, stopping in Okehampton.

Haytor Hoppa Bus 271 Runs Saturdays between late-May and mid-September only, providing four buses between Newton Abbot, Bovey Tracey, Haytor and Widecombe-in-the-Moor (daily fare £5).

Bus 23 Minibus from Tavistock to Exeter, via Princetown, Postbridge, Two Bridges and Moretonhampstead. Runs on the first Saturday of the month only; book by phone.

Car

The A38 and A30 dual carriageways frame Dartmoor, while the single-lane B3212 carves a path across the centre, linking Moretonhampstead, Postbridge and Princetown.

Driving on Dartmoor

Dartmoor's roads are gorgeous to drive, but large stretches have unfenced grazing, so you'll come across Dartmoor ponies, sheep and even cows in the middle of the road. Many sections have a 40mph speed limit. Car parks on the moor can be little more than lay-bys; their surface can be rough to very rough. Break-ins at isolated car parks are not unknown – keep valuables stashed out of sight.