Templer Way

About this route

The Templer Way is a route for walkers linking Haytor on Dartmoor with the seaport of Teignmouth. It has a length of 18 miles/29km and covers a wide range of scenery from open moorland, woodland, meadow, historical tracks and urban land, through to estuary foreshore.

Using a mixture of rights of way, permissive routes and minor roads, the Templer Way takes about 10 hours to walk. Tide times should be checked before setting out.

The route may be tackled in short stretches or in one go and is waymarked in both directions, except on the open moorland at Haytor Down, where the granite rails of the tramway can be followed.

Getting Around

Frequent and regular bus services operate near to the route providing the opportunity to walk a section and return by bus. Teignmouth, Bovey Tracey, Stover and Newton Abbot are all serviced by bus.  You can also access Newton Abbot by train from either Exeter or Plymouth, visit the Travel Devon website for further information.

Newton Abbot, Bovey Tracey and Teignmouth have all facilities. Stover and Haytor Vale have car parking and toilets.
Largely flat and level walking, some paths become muddy when wet.
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Interesting information

The route, where possible, follows the line of the Stover Canal, built by John Templer to carry clay for export, and the Haytor Granite Tramway, which was built by his son George. Granite that travelled along this tramway was used in the building of London Bridge, the British Museum and the National Gallery.


Photo of a trail through beech woodland in spring
Yarner Wood, Templar Way Copyright Derek Harper (geograph.org.uk)

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Photo looking out over Stover Lake through trees

Stover Country Park

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

Stover Trail

The Stover Trail is a mostly traffic-free route which connects Newton Abbot to Bovey Tracey.  This flat, mostly off-road family
Photo of a trail through woodland at Yarner Woods

East Dartmoor woods and heaths

This National Nature Reserve consists of three adjacent sites – Yarner Woods, Trendlebere Down and the Bovey Valley Woodlands. The
Photo of marsh alongside the river Teign

Templer at the Teign

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