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Short walks in Devon

As an introduction to Devon’s long distance walking routes you will find a number of shorter, circular walking trails listed below. The short walks have been created to offer a flavour of the long distance trails.  Most will take you approximately half a day to walk and they have great links to public transport.   You will find more short walks connected to the South West Coast Path here.

Devon is blessed with miles of beautiful coastlines, woodlands, moorlands and lanes to explore. Why not make the time to get out with friends and family?  Sharing the walks can make them even more enjoyable. Take time to stop and explore nature en-route, collect seashells or play in the woods.

You will find that you return envigorated and ready to explore more of the special green spaces on your doorstep.

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Coleridge Way

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

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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…

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…

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…

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8kms

Two Museums Walk

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

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…

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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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…

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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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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…

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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….

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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…

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The Dawlish Discovery Walk

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

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5kms

Plymouth Waterfront Walk

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

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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,…

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…

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…

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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…

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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…

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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…

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…

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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…

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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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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…

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…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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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…

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Around Newton Poppleford

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

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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…

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…

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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…

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…

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…

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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…

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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8kms

Valley to Beacon

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

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…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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…

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…

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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
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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

3miles/
5kms

Torridge Estuary Rail Trail

This walk follows the Tarka Trail between Instow and Bideford.

5miles/
8kms

A Victorian landscape walk

Meldon Viaduct, to the west of Okehampton, is a superb example of Victorian engineering. Now a significant landscape feature, it was…

2.3miles/
3.5kms

Tamar Trails – Wheal Josiah Walk

Explore the mining landscapes of the Tamar Valley on this wide, mainly level path, with moderate inclines in parts. The path…

5.5miles/
9kms

T for three…and John Musgrave

The countryside between Torquay and Totnes in South Devon is a landscape of attractive valleys with a quiet and away-from-it-all atmosphere.

A…

7.5miles/
12kms

Templer at the Teign

This walk follows a section of the Templer Way through Newton Abbot and along a length of the Teign Estuary. It…

5miles/
8kms

The ‘most rebellious town in Devon..

The East Devon Way is a 40 mile (64km) route which runs parallel to, and inland of, the coast of East…

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10kms

Heath and valley

This walk is based around Newton Poppleford and uses minor lanes and old tracks to the west of the village, before…

4miles/
6.5kms

Ruby – Devon’s Hidden Gem

This trail is based around one of the two market towns in the Ruby Country area, Hatherleigh. This Ruby walk acts as…

6.25miles/
10kms

North Devon’s deadly coast

Mortehoe is a small hilltop village on Devon’s northernmost coast. Despite its proximity to the holiday resort of Woolacombe, it retains…

7miles/
11kms

Pines, pebbles and plantations

This walk is in East Devon. It is based around the charming seaside town of Budleigh Salterton and forms a circuit, partly…

6miles/
9.5kms

A Common Experience with a Touch of Glas..

This walk is situated in and around Torrington. It forms a circular route based around the town, crossing various parts of the Torrington…