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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.

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Budleigh Salterton and the Otter Estuary

Three Walks using the South West Coast Path that are likely to be suitable for people with impaired mobility or a…

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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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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…

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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…

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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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Two Museums Walk

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

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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…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Greenway Walk

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

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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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Walking Froward

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

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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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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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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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Lincombe, Ilsham and Meadfoot

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

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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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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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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…

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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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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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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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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…

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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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Down Teignhead Way

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

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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…

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The Middle Dart Valley

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

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Coves, Castles and Coastguards

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

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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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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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The Dart Circuit

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

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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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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…

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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…

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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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Otterton – Peak and Valley

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

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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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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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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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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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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…

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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…

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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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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…

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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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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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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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Ernest Bassett Walk

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

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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…

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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…