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Long walks 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? It’s all here for the asking and you’ll certainly find out why Devon richly deserves to be called ‘glorious’.

Well known for its mild climate, unspoilt beauty, peace and tranquility, there are walks to suit everyone – through gently rolling countryside, over high moorland, along river valleys or beside some of the finest stretches of coastline and breathtaking views to be found anywhere in Britain.

There is a fascinating variety of stunning and picturesque long-distance footpaths in Devon, some with literary or historic connections. The jewel in the crown is the South West Coast Path, Devon’s national trail.

Many of the trails link up to form a network of walks, providing opportunities to do a shorter day or half-day walk, a circular or linear walk. Many walks can be accessed by public transport.

With Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, England’s first natural World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve, Devon is a unique and special county, full of history and heritage, with a network of walks just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed.

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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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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…