A collection of walks, discoveries, insights and pictures of exploring Dartmoor National Park
October 3, 2021
West Coombe was first documented in 1562 and comprises two farms (Higher and Lower West Coombe). The farms are located on the route of an old trackway known as the Mariner’s Way. This old trackway ran from Bideford to Dartmouth and it is said the route was used by sailors who would be changing ships between the two ports, a journey of some 70 miles. The Mariner’s Way at this point also shares its route with the more modern “Two Moors Way”, which was officially opened in May 1976.
To the intrepid hiker following either the Mariner’s Way or the Two Moors Way, it is worth spending a few moments to take in the history of the two farms which include a 16th Century Longhouse, a 17th Century Shippon and a 18th Century Ash House as well as other historical buildings. This post shows some of the buildings which can be found here.