I'm interested in doing some hikes in Dartmoor -- single day hikes, for the most part, to see the moors and tors and the like. However I do not have a car, nor am I able to rent one (I have no driver's licence.)

Most of the people I've talked to have told me about hikes, but they all seem to involve first getting to a somewhat remote carpark and going from there. Are there any hikes of moderate difficulty accessible by public transit, or that start within reasonable walking distance from a town? Or are the only options expensive "guided" hikes?

(If the answer varies seasonally, the target season is now: mid-to-late summer starting from mid-July.)

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    Bus routes go all through the Dartmoor Forest. Each route is not necessarily every day, but with planning you can get to and from almost anywhere.
    – Gayot Fow
    Jul 23 '16 at 0:07
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    I have not hiked on Dartmoor, but I have hiked on Exmoor, by signing up to a short holiday where the company supplied the place to stay, a small bus to start and again to collect us at the end of the walk, and a guide/driver who set us on the walk and met us at the end of the day. As a whole it was not expensive.
    – Willeke
    Jul 23 '16 at 8:44
  • Or maybe go by bicycle to the start of the walk? Or try hitchhiking.
    – vclaw
    Jul 26 '16 at 16:27
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    Have you thought about joining a local ramblers group for one of their walks? Not sure but I bet they either start from an easy to reach point or transport their members somehow.
    – Willeke
    Jul 26 '16 at 20:46

Yes, there are a number of bus services that cross or pass into Dartmoor, including the "Haytor Hoppa" (bus service 271) which appears to be designed for the purpose - it's website includes a number of self-guided walks going to and from bus stops.

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