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Sustainable travel across Dartmoor National Trust

White shuttle bus outside a stately home
Shuttle bus outside a National Trust property | © National Trust Images/Sophie Bolesworth

Have a day out without your car and visit one of the special places we look after around Dartmoor, using sustainable transport.

Special offers for Great Big Green Week

Have a day out at Castle Drogo without your car

As part of Great Big Green Week (Saturday 8 to Sunday 16 June), we are offering a free Shuttle Bus service on selected dates, between Okehampton and Castle Drogo.

The shuttle service will pick up from Okehampton train station, coordinated to meet the arrival of the train from Exeter, and Fore Street (McColls) 5 minutes later, and then head to Castle Drogo.

  • Saturday 8 and 15 June. Leaving Okehampton train station at 9.30am, 10.30am and 11.30am. Leaving Castle Drogo at 2.35pm and 4.35pm
  • Monday 10, Wednesday 12 and Friday 14 June. Leaving Okehampton train station at 9.30am and 11.30am. Leaving Castle Drogo at 2.35pm and 4.35pm

After arriving at Castle Drogo the bus will drop passengers just outside the Visitor Centre, where you’ll find the café, shop, toilets, and entrance to the Castle and gardens (free entry for National Trust members otherwise admission applies).

The bus is accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

View the full bus timetable here.

Visit Castle Drogo by shuttle bus and get a free hot drink

When you visit Castle Drogo on the shuttle bus during Great Big Green Week, you’ll get a voucher to claim a free hot drink in the café.

Visit Lydford Gorge by bus and get a free hot drink

If you visit Lydford Gorge by bus during Great Big Green Week (Saturday 8 to Sunday 16 June), present a valid ticket to claim a free hot drink in the tea-room.

Bus ticket needs to be for the current day's travel on Dartline Coaches 118. Hot drink is a standard tea or americano coffee.

See below for more information on travelling to Lydford Gorge by bus.

Getting to us by bus

Castle Drogo

Services between Exeter and Chagford drop off at the bottom of the drive at Castle Drogo, which is an 800 yard walk uphill to the Visitor Centre.

Stagecoach bus 173 from Exeter City Centre, Bus station Stand 1. This bus operates Monday to Saturday and takes roughly 1 hour.

Lydford Gorge

Services between Okehampton (including train station) and Tavistock stop at both entrances to Lydford Gorge.

Dartline Coaches 118. Alight at Lydford Gorge main entrance for Devil's Cauldron entrance and at Lydford Gorge lower entrance for the Waterfall entrance.

Finch Foundry

Services between Okehampton (including train station) and Exeter or Newton Abbot.

Stagecoach SW service number 6A and Country Bus service number 178. Alight at Sticklepath, Devonshire Inn. Finch Foundry is a 1 minute walk away.

Parke

Stagecoach 39 runs a regular bus service from Exeter bus station to Newton Abbot via Bovey Tracey town centre. From here it is a fifteen minute walk along level ground to the estate.

Country Bus 193 runs between Bovey Tracey and Newton Abbot Wednesday and Friday (except Public Holidays).

Buckland Abbey

Services from Tavistock, via Yelverton roundabout, drop off at the gates of Buckland Abbey, which is a 500 yard walk down to visitor welcome.

Plymouth citybus 55 operates Monday to Saturday.

Shaugh Bridge

Services from from Plymouth, alight at Shaugh Bridge for walks through ancient woodland and on to Dartmoor.

Plymouth citybus 59 operates Monday to Saturday.

Getting to us by train

Castle Drogo

Nearest train stations Yeoford, 8 miles, and Okehampton, 12.3 miles.

Lydford Gorge

Nearest train station Okehampton, 10 miles.

Finch Foundry

Nearest train station Okehampton, 4 miles.

Parke

Nearest train station Newton Abbot, 6 miles.

Buckland Abbey

Nearest train station Plymouth, 11 miles.

Shaugh Bridge

Nearest train station Plymouth, 9 miles.

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