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Walking in Devon

Did you know that if you walked every day for a year in Devon, you would never have to walk the same path twice? Well known for its mild climate, unspoilt beauty, peace and tranquillity, there is over 3500 miles of footpaths and trails waiting to be discovered.

Fortunately, Devon has a number of long-distance routes which together form a joined up walking network, opening up many possibilities.  Choose between these challenging long distance routes some stretching for more than 100 miles, to shorter day and half-day circular walks or even very short easily accessible walks for those with limited mobility, including flat paths for wheelchairs, pushchairs, toddlers, and those with visual  impairments.

Click on the yellow bar above for full details on your type of route, or scroll down for a taste of some of the walks.  Many of the shorter walks have sections based on the main walking network, so you can be sure to experience the best that Devon has to offer. To add interest, some of the walks have historic or literary connections or interesting wildlife or geological sites close by, with links from the route details for further information.

The jewel in the crown is the South West Coast Path, Devon’s National Trail, running for over 600 miles around the south west peninsula.  This encompasses all of Devon’s outstanding coastal scenery, but don’t worry if you haven’t got time for the full trail, there are many shorter circular walks available. These offer a taste of the trail and allow you to discover the landscape, sample the local food or drink or just enjoy a stroll with your family, at your own pace.

Moving inland, Devon has outstanding landscapes to explore.   With its two National Parks and five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), each is unique in its own way.  Click on the links below to discover a variety of walks set amid distinctly Devon landscapes.

Dartmoor National Park and Visit Dartmoor
Exmoor National Park
Blackdown Hills AONB
East Devon AONB
North Devon Coast AONB
South Devon AONB
Tamar Valley AONB

Find out more about the full 3,500 plus miles through Public Rights of Way.

Wester Wood near Lynmouth - Copyright Derek Harper
7miles/
11kms

Coleridge Way

The Coleridge Way is a 51 mile route following the footsteps of the romantic poet Samuel Coleridge, from Lynmouth in Devon…

Bude Canal Aqueduct - Copyright David Hawgood
10miles/
16kms

Bude Canal – the Aqueduct Trail

This long and easy circular route meanders through the pretty borderlands of Devon and Cornwall.  Its first half takes you from…

Berry Head, Brixham - Copyright Tom Jolliffe
5.5miles/
9kms

Fish, Penguins and a Lighthouse

Berry Head is a prominent feature on the South Devon coast, marking the southern end of the great coastal feature…

Buckland Abbey - Copyright Graham Taylor
5miles/
8kms

Drake’s Dartmoor

The walk starts and finishes in Buckland Monachorum, the village at the centre of this very scenic and historically interesting…

Belstone Cleave - Copyright Derek Harper
5miles/
8kms

Two Museums Walk

This walk links two museums on the northern edge of Dartmoor. It starts at the Finch Foundry Museum in Sticklepath,…

Bere Ferrers - Copyright Martin Bodman
6.5miles/
10kms

A Branch Line Railway Walk

The Bere Peninsula is the triangle of land between the Tamar and Tavy rivers, in the south west corner of…

Meldon Quarry and Viaduct - Copyright Andrew Hackney
6.2miles/
10kms

Railway, Castle and Quarries

The private Dartmoor Railway line between Okehampton and Meldon, a little way to the west, provides a pleasant and easy…

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5.5miles/
8.5kms

Leats, Tramways and Railways

The south west corner of Dartmoor has many associations with Sir Francis Drake, and this has led to the promotion…

Lopwell Dam - Copyright Tony Atkin
6.25miles/
10kms

The Mouth of the Tavy

The Trail follows the Tavy rather than the Tamar to the edge of Plymouth. The walk crosses the quiet countryside…

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5miles/
8kms

Castles, Town Walls and Granite

The West Devon Way follows the western edge of Dartmoor between Okehampton and Plymouth, offering some of the most attractive…

Walkhampton owards the Wooded Walkham Valley - Copyright Martin Bodman
7miles/
11kms

A Walk Across the Walkham

The West Devon Way walking route links Plymouth and Okehampton, much of the route following the western edge of Dartmoor….

Calstock Viaduct
5miles/
8kms

Devon’s Western Frontier

For most of its length, Devon’s western frontier with Cornwall is marked by the River Tamar.  One of Devon’s long-distance…

Dawlish Black Swans - Copyright Lewis Clarke
5.5miles/
8.75kms

The Dawlish Discovery Walk

This walk is based around Dawlish, a small picturesque Victorian town with an interesting seaside history. The town dates back…

Plymouth Barbican - Licensed by Creative Commons
3miles/
5kms

Plymouth Waterfront Walk

The total length of the Coast Path through Plymouth is a perhaps surprising 10 miles or 16 km between Jennycliff…

Greenway House Gardens - Copyright Crispin Purdye
6.5miles/
10.5kms

The Greenway Walk

The walk is circular, so can be joined anywhere. If using public transport a good starting point is Churston Station,…

Cockington - Copyright Garth Newton
6miles/
9.5kms

Following John Musgrave

This walk offers a sample of the route, using the very frequent and convenient bus service which links Torbay to…

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7.5miles/
12kms

Walking Froward

Kingswear is an attractive village overlooking the Dart Estuary, just across the river from Dartmouth. No fewer than three ferries…

Bovisand Beach
7.5miles/
12kms

A Shorter Devon Coast to Coast Walk

This circular walk uses the Erme-Plym Trail from Wembury, then follows the Trail’s other arm towards Plymouth. It branches off…

Torcross and Slapton Ley - Copyright Derek Harper
4.5miles/
7.5kms

Start to Walk

Start Bay forms an important and attractive element of the South Devon coast. The major east-facing coastline in Devon, it…

Sharpham House - Copyright Chris Allen
6miles/
9.5kms

Look Sharp – a Spring in your Step

The town of Totnes has a superb location at the limit of navigation of the River Dart. It also…

Torquay Harbour
4.5miles/
7kms

Lincombe, Ilsham and Meadfoot

This walk is based on the Harbour at Torquay. It winds its way eastward through a quiet area of surprisingly…

Okehampton Station - Copyright John Spivey
7miles/
11kms

A Southern Railway Dartmoor Walk

This walk makes use of the new opportunity of taking the train from Okehampton to Sampford Courtenay, following an extended route…

Greenway House - Copyright Graham Taylor
4.5miles/
7kms

A Green Way from Greenway

The River Dart, its valley and estuary go together to form one of Devon’s scenic highlights. An ideal way of…

Broadsands Viaduct - Copyright Barrie Cann
5.5miles/
9kms

Torbay and the Dart Valley

This walk offers a superb means of enjoying the countryside between the well-known coastline of Torbay and the beauty of…

Grand Western Canal at Tidcombe Bridge - Copyright Lewis Clarke
7miles/
11.2kms

The Grand Western Canal

This is a lovely peaceful route, often along the towpath, beside this tranquil stretch of waterway through the heart of…

Upper Tamar Lake Dam - Copyright Trevor Rickard
2.5miles/
4kms

Bude Canal – around Tamar Lakes

This walk explores an inland section of the Bude Canal on the Devon- Cornwall border. Follow this short circular walk by doing…

Lydford Gorge - Copyright John Spivey
5miles/
8kms

Dartmoor’s Western Fringe

This walk follows the middle length of the West Devon Way between the villages of Mary Tavy and Lydford, and…

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4miles/
6.5kms

In Tarka the Otter Country!

Torrington is positioned on the Tarka Trail. The Tarka Trail is a long-distance footpath route which forms a figure-of-eight through northern…

Wembury Beach - Copyright Martin Bodman
4.5miles/
7kms

Wembury, Wembury, Here We Come

The village of Wembury is on the south coast of Devon, not far from Plymouth. As well as being situated…

Teign Estuary - Copyright Derek Harper
7.5miles/
12kms

Down Teignhead Way

The Templer Way is a long-distance walk of 18 miles, tracing the historic line of granite being taken from the…

Starehole Bay, Bolt Head, Salcombe - Copyright Derek Harper
8.75miles/
14kms

Soar from Salcombe

Salcombe is perhaps Devon’s best-known yachting centre, but it can also serve as a centre for a variety of attractive…

Great Hall, Dartington - Copyright Tom Jolliffe
5miles/
8kms

The Middle Dart Valley

For the wetter conditions of winter, this walk uses surfaced paths and lanes between Totnes and Dartington. It features one…

Dartmouth Castle Copyright Sheila Tarleton
5.5miles/
9kms

Coves, Castles and Coastguards

This walk has a bit of everything. It skirts the magnificent estuary of the River Dart and also explores part…

Exeter Ship Canal - Copyright Roger Cornfoot
5miles/
8kms

Exeter and Countess Wear

The Exeter suburb of Countess Wear is linked to the city by both the River Exe and the Exeter Canal….

Masons Arms, Branscombe, Copyright "Patricia"
5miles/
8kms

Beer to the Vicarage

On the south eastern coast of Devon lies the village of Beer. This part of the County is characterised by…

Newton Poppleford - Copyright Derek Harper
3.5miles/
5kms

Around Newton Poppleford

This walk is based around a bus ride and a stride around Newton Poppleford along the route of the East Devon…

Dartmouth - Copyright Manfred Heyde
1.5miles/
2.25kms

The Dart Circuit

This walk is based on the Dart Estuary in South Devon. It includes the attraction of two ferry crossings of…

Stover Heritage Trail - Copyright Derek Harper
4.5miles/
7kms

Templer Way Heritage Trail

The Templer Way is a walk of 18 miles tracing the historic line of granite being taken from the quarries…

Plymouth Hoe from Mount Batten - Copyright Adrian Platt
6.5miles/
11kms

Forts and Castles of Plymouth Sound

Plymouth has been an important naval port for many centuries, which has led to the building of a variety of…

Peak Hill, Sidmouth - Copyright Lewis Clarke
5.5miles/
9kms

Valley, Ridge and Jurassic Coast

Sidmouth is an attractive seaside town on the coast of East Devon. Situated on the floor of the valley of…

Otter Estuary - Copyright Christine Matthews
7miles/
11kms

Devon’s Triassic Coast

The coastline of East Devon is part of the Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site. This is England’s…

Otterton Mill - Copyright James Allan
6.25miles/
10kms

Otterton – Peak and Valley

Otterton sits near the mouth of the river which gives it its name. Between the towns of Budleigh Salterton and…

Exeter Quay - Copyright Derek Harper
6.75miles/
11kms

An Exeter Green Semi-Circle

An Exeter attraction that should perhaps be better known is the Exeter Green Circle. This is a twelve-mile walk around…

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3miles/
4.8kms

Eggesford Forest

Eggesford Forest is a great place to visit. It has a network of trails and paths that link the different woodlands and…

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5miles/
8kms

Valley to Beacon

The East Devon Way runs parallel to the coast and a few miles inland between Exmouth and Lyme Regis. Part…

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8miles/
13kms

City to Coast

The Exe Valley Way is a long-distance route for walkers exploring some 45 miles of the valley. At its lower…

River-Sid-Sidmouth-Copyright-Andy-Peacock
3.75miles/
6kms

A Walk along the Sid Valley

The East Devon Way runs for some 40 miles between Exmouth and the county boundary at Lyme Regis, inland of…

Barnstaple Clock Tower Copyright Dietmar Rabich
2miles/
3.5kms

A Trail of Two Bridges

This walk is based on Barnstaple and uses both old bridge and new to form a circuit. The two bridges are…

Frithelstock-Priory-Copyright-William-Cooke
7.5miles/
12kms

Tarka With a Priestly Connection

This walk forms a circular based on Torrington Station, which is about 1 mile/1.5km out of the town. It follows…

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8miles/
12.5kms

A Walk with a Point

Hartland Point is Devon’s north westerly extreme. It marks where the Bristol Channel effectively becomes the open sea and the…

Coast Path east of Lynmouth approaching Countisbury Hill Copyright Derek Harper
4miles/
6.5kms

Count To A Thousand

Lynton and Lynmouth are situated, one above the other, in some of the most dramatic landscapes in Devon, with deep…

Northam Burrows Copyright Philip Hallings
6.5miles/
10.4kms

A North Devon Peninsula

North of Bideford a peninsula of land juts out between the sea and the estuary of the River Torridge. Being…

Braunton Great Field Copyright Rod Allday1
7miles/
11kms

Great Field – Great Walk

The area passes through by the South West Coast Path, which skirts the edges of all three features as well…

Near Okehampton Camp - Copyright Richard Knights
3.5miles/
5.5kms

Ernest Bassett Walk

Ernest Basset was an Okehampton man and a lover of Dartmoor.  He appreciated it in all its moods, but also realised…

East Budleigh Common - Copyright Graham Horn
8miles/
13kms

An Uncommonly Fine Walk

The East Devon Commons cover an area of heathland east of Exeter and inland of the coast.  Extremely important as a…

Great Hangman
5.5miles/
9kms

A Visit to the Hangman

The North Devon Coast is characterised by high cliffs and deep valleys, or combes. Combe Martin, a long, narrow village…

Saunton Sands from Saunton Down - Copyright Tony Atkin
4.5miles/
7kms

Saunter Up Saunton Down

Saunton Down is a prominent ridge of high land forming a backdrop to the coast in North Devon. It overlooks…

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205miles/
329kms

South West Coast Path

Over the centuries fishermen, coastguards and smugglers have helped to create this historic path – now Britain’s longest National Trail -…

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5miles/
8kms

A walk in Hope

Hope Cove, in the far south of the county, is one of the most attractive settlements on the South West Coast…

Bridestowe
7miles/
11kms

A Walk through History

This walk is based on using part of the Two Castles Trail, one of Devon’s longer-distance routes running between the two…

Teign Gorge - Copyright Crispen Purdye
8.25miles/
13.25kms

Gorge and Special Moor Stones

This walk is a figure of eight based on the Two Moors Way on the northerm edge of Dartmoor.  It may…

Valley of the Rocks Copyright Elizabeth Gomm
5miles/
8kms

Lynton and the Valley of Rocks

The spectacular landscape of the Lynton area, where Exmoor meets the sea, lends itself to superb walking. Lynton itself is…

Ilfracombe
4.5miles/
7kms

Ilfracombe and the Torrs

Ilfracombe has been a holiday town since Georgian times, although its origins go back much further. Surrounded by magnificent cliff…

Clovelly Copyright Neil Kennedy
5miles/
8kms

Clovelly’s Woods And Cliffs

Clovelly is undoubtedly among the best known and probably best loved of Devon’s villages. Occupying as it does a dramatic…

Fremington Quay Copyright Rabbi WP Thinrod
3.75miles/
6kms

Tarka, the Taw and a Town Trail

This is a one-way walk along the old railway line which flanks the south side of the Taw Estuary in…

Westward-Ho-Copyright-Jonathan-Billinger
6miles/
9.5kms

Kingsley and Kipling

Westward Ho! is on the western edge of the town of Northam, itself a couple of miles north of Bideford….

Noss Mayo by Shane White
5miles/
8kms

A Coastal Carriage Drive

A very popular half-day walk based on the picturesque village of Noss Mayo on the south side of the Erme Estuary…

Tetcott Manor House
5.5miles/
9kms

Jester Walk Around the Estate

This walk is in the far west of Devon in a remote part of the Tamar Valley.  For many centuries, this…

Beach at Beer
4.5miles/
7kms

Sampling Beer with Good Head

The wonderfully named village of Beer lies on the East Devon part of the Jurassic Coast.  It sits in a steep…

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10miles/
16.1kms

Drakes Trail – Plymbridge Woods

Drake’s Trail in West Devon is a 21-mile, multi-use route linking Tavistock with Plymouth. This important part of Devon’s recreational route…

Blackpool Sands Copyright Richard Knights
5miles/
8kms

Beside the Seaside at Blackpool

This length of the South West Coast Path, is centred  on the charming little bay of Blackpool Sands, a little way…

Barnstaple Clock Tower Copyright Dietmar Rabich
5miles/
8kms

Bishops and a Saint

This walk uses part of the Tarka Trail from Barnstaple to Landkey, although generally easy and based on the urban centre…

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2miles/
3.2kms

Stover Country Park

Stover offers a range of facilities to help you enjoy the Park and appreciate the natural surroundings.  Its 114 acres of…

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4.5miles/
7kms

Snoop at Snapes

A walk from Salcombe around Snapes Point on the Salcombe Estuary, an inland headland which is in the ownership of the…

Hartland Peninsula
7miles/
11kms

Devon’s Iron Coast

The coastline in Devon’s far north-west corner between Hartland Point and the Cornish border is possibly some of the most dramatic…

Downend and Croyde
5.5miles/
9kms

Bagging the views

This walk features the fine headland of Baggy Point and panoramic views over North Devon’s surfing beaches of Woolacombe Sands and…

Juliette Bowers
1.4miles/
2kms

Tamar Trails – Chimney Rock Walk

Explore beech, oak and conifer woodland with sweeping views over the steep sides of the River Tamar. This is a narrow…

Photo by Richard Johns
5miles/
8kms

Devon’s Little Switzerland

This circular walk is based on the scenic little town of Lynmouth, on Devon’s Exmoor coast. A walk of contrasts, its…

Photo by Trevor Harris
38miles/
60kms

East Devon Way

This 38 mile/60km path takes you from Exmouth in the west to Lyme Regis, Dorset in the east, and follows footpaths,…

Photo by Lewis Clarke
16miles/
26kms

Grand Western Canal Walk

The Grand Western Canal Country Park is a popular place to enjoy a flat, easy walk in the countryside, with the…

Photo by David Smith
45miles/
72kms

Exe Valley Way

The Exe Valley Way is a long-distance route for walkers exploring the length of this beautiful river valley. The trail stretches…

Photo by Derek Harper
4.5miles/
7kms

Exeter’s riverside and skyline

This walk is on the Exe Valley Way in Exeter, linking it to the western skyline overlooking the city. It is…

Photo by Lewis Clarke
4miles/
6.5kms

Exe marks the spot

This walk follows a length of the Exe Valley Way. in its middle section between Bickleigh and Tiverton. The stretch closely…

Photo by Mick Melvin
5.5miles/
9kms

A Potter Down the Otter

This walk conveniently links the East Devon Way with the South West Coast Path.  You can choose to catch a bus…

Photo by Ron Strutt
3miles/
5kms

Torridge Estuary Rail Trail

This walk follows the Tarka Trail between Instow and Bideford.

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18miles/
29kms

Templer Way

The Templer Way is a route for walkers linking Haytor on Dartmoor with the seaport of Teignmouth. It has a length…

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35miles/
56kms

John Musgrave Heritage Trail

John Musgrave was a keen walker from Torquay who left a legacy to the South Devon Group of the Ramblers Association…

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15miles/
24kms

Erme-Plym Trail (Devon’s Coast to ..

This 15 mile/24km generally easy path takes in the pleasing environment of the Erme Valley south of Ivybridge, as well as…

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100miles/
160kms

Two Moors Way (Devon’s Coast to Co..

Running for just over 100 miles/160km between Ivybridge in the south and Lynmouth in the north, this famous path links the…

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37miles/
59kms

West Devon Way

The West Devon Way is a 37-mile walking trail linking Okehampton with Plymouth via Tavistock. This important part of Devon’s recreational route…

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30miles/
48kms

Tamar Valley Discovery Trail

This route covers a stretch of the valley of the Tamar, the historic border between Saxon Devon and Celtic Cornwall. It…

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24miles/
38kms

Two Castles Trail

The Two Castles Trail takes you through beautiful and peaceful countryside – from the edge of Dartmoor, past historic battlegrounds to…

Tarka Trail
163miles/
261kms

Tarka Trail walking route

Inspired by Henry Williamson’s much loved novel ‘Tarka the Otter’ which was based on real places, this 163 miles/261kms recreation route…