John Musgrave Heritage Trail

About this route

John Musgrave was a keen walker from Torquay who left a legacy to the South Devon Group of the Ramblers Association to create a new walking route around Torbay. The result is the John Musgrave Heritage Trail, established in 2006, and is a partnership between the Ramblers Association, local authorities and the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust.

The 35miles/56km trail takes in a large section of south Devon’s wonderfully scenic and varied landscape of rolling hills, secret combes, captivating villages and its stunning coastline.

Details of the walk can be found on the South Devon Ramblers website: South Devon Ramblers – John Musgrave Heritage Trail

Getting Around

A combination of buses, trains and ferries serve different sections of this long distance walking route.  To plan your walk check the Travel Devon website for the latest timetables.

Maidencombe, Watcombe, Kingskerswell, Cockington Court, Marldon, Totnes, Dittisham, Brixham and Churston all have car parking facilities.

Toilets and refreshments available in Maidencombe (seasonal), Watcombe (seasonal), Kingskerswell, Cockington, Totnes and Brixham.
A mix of moderate through to steep climbs with extensive path walking and country lanes. Take care when crossing some busy roads.
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Interesting information

The John Musgrave Heritage Trail has been divided into four sections to allow you to walk a shorter route if you prefer:

Maidencombe to Cockington
Cockington to Totnes
Totnes to Dittisham
Greenway to Brixham

Photo of a trail through woodland
John Musgrave Heritage Trail Copyright Derek Harper (geograph.org.uk)

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Photo of a quiet lane alongside a stone wall to a footpath gate

Dart Valley Cycleway

Totnes, the historic market town that’s full of fascination and interest, is at the centre of this wonderful leisurely route
Photo looking down Totnes high street to the clock

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