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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 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 of Public Rights of Way.

Photo of the castle at Dartmouth from the water
3.75miles/
6kms

Diamond Jubilee Way – Dartmouth

Created to commemorate the 60th anniversary in 2012 of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. This 6km (3¾mile)…

Photo of a stream through fields on the East Devon Way
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,…

Photo of the Wray Valley Trail waymarking post
7miles/
11kms

The Wray Valley Trail

This 7 mile (11km) multi-use trail is a mainly traffic-free route from Bovey Tracey to Moretonhampstead. It follows the disused Moretonhampstead…

Photo of the view along the beach at Budleigh Salterton
1miles/
1.6kms

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…

Photo of the bird hide at Seaton Wetlands
2.5miles/
4kms

Discover Seaton Wetlands

Explore Seaton Wetlands and enjoy beautiful marshland and reedbeds alongside the River Axe. There are five bird hides and nearly 4km…

Photo of a sunny woodland scene at Wester Wood in the East Lyn valley near Lynmouth
7miles/
11kms

Coleridge Way

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

Photo of a section of Bude canal lined with trees
10miles/
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…

Photo of coastal cliffs at Brixham, with the South Devon coastline in the distance
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…

Photo of Buckland Abbey
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…

Photo of a wooden bridge over a small stream at Belstone Cleave
5miles/
8kms

Two Museums Walk

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

Photo of boats on the mud in front of houses at Bere Ferris
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…

Landscape photo of Meldon quarry and viaduct
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…

Photo of Devonport leat running through heathland and woodland
5.5miles/
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…

Photo of Lopwell dam
6.25miles/
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…

Photo of a bicycle by the gate in front of Lydford Castle
5miles/
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…

Photo of sheep in fields in the foreground and a a wooded valley
7miles/
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….

Photo of the Tamara River at Calstock with the Calstock viaduct in the background
5miles/
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…

Photo of black swans on a nest in Dawlish
5.5miles/
8.75kms

The Dawlish Discovery Walk

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

Photo of boats in a marina in front of buildings at Plymouth Barbican
3miles/
5kms

Plymouth Waterfront Walk

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

Photo looking down to the Dart estuary with Dartmouth in the background, from Greenway House gardens
6.5miles/
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,…

Photo of a public house, The Drum Inn, in the village of Cockington
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…

Landscape photo looking across the Dart estuary to Kingswear
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…

Photo looking across the beach at Bovisand from the coast path
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…

Landscape photo looking along the length of the beach and road at Slapton Ley with lagoon on the left and sea on the right
4.5miles/
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…

Photo looking across the river Dart to the boathouse at Sharpham House with the main house on the hill behind
6miles/
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…

Photo looking across Torquay harbour from above
4.5miles/
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…

Photo of the footbridge and trains at Okehampton station
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…

Photo of Greenway House looking up along the drive
4.5miles/
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…

Photo of Broadsands viaduct with a train crossing it and the sea and coastline in the background
5.5miles/
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…

Photo of the Grand Western canal with a walker on the towpath and Tidcombe Bridge over the canal
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…

2.5miles/
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…

Photo of a bridge and waterfall at White Lady Waterfall in Lydford Gorge
5miles/
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…

Photo of flooded lanes at Weare Giffard
4miles/
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…

Photo across the beach at Wembury with Wembury Church in the background
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…

Photo of the Teign estuary taken through trees
7.5miles/
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…

Photo of the coast and sea with boats in the bay at Starehole Bay near Salcombe
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…

Photo of the Great Hall at Dartington
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…

Photo of the castle at Dartmouth from the water
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…

Photo of rowers on the Exeter Ship Canal with views of the city in the background
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….

Photo of an old public house, The Mason Arms, at Branscombe
5miles/
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…

Photo of houses on the High Street at Newton Poppleford
3.5miles/
5kms

Around Newton Poppleford

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

Photo of Dartmouth from above taken from the hill behind
1.5miles/
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…

Photo of a bridge in woodland on the Stover Heritage Trail
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…

Photo of Plymouth Hoe looking across the water from Mount Batten
6.5miles/
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…

Photo looking down into Sidmouth from Peak Hill with the town in the bottom of the valley and the sea and red cliffs in the background
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…

Photo of the otter estuary where it meets the pebble beach at Budleigh
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…

Photo of a courtyard between old mill buildings at Otterton Mill
6.25miles/
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…

Photo looking down at the river, canal and buildings at Exeter Quay
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…

Photo of a track through woodland at Eggesford Forest
3miles/
4.8kms

Eggesford Forest

Eggesford Forest is a great place to visit. It has a network of trails and paths that link the different woodlands and…

Photo of the view towards Sidbury Castle of fields and woodlands on a hill
5miles/
8kms

Valley to Beacon

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

Photo of Turf Hotel at Turf Lock, Exeter
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…

Photo of the River Sid at Sidmouth
3.75miles/
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…

Photo of a clock tower at Barnstaple with the town behind
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…

Photo of Frithelstock Priory
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…

Photo of the light house at Hartland point in north Devon, looking down the cliffs to the lighthouse and out over a rough sea towards Lundy
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…

Photo of the coast path and North Devon coastal cliffs east of Lynmouth approaching Countisbury Hill
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…

Photo along the edge of the estuary at Northam Burrows
6.5miles/
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…