Long walks 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? It’s all here for the asking and you’ll certainly find out why Devon richly deserves to be called ‘glorious’.

Well known for its mild climate, unspoilt beauty, peace and tranquility, there are walks to suit everyone – through gently rolling countryside, over high moorland, along river valleys or beside some of the finest stretches of coastline and breathtaking views to be found anywhere in Britain.

There is a fascinating variety of stunning and picturesque long-distance footpaths in Devon, some with literary or historic connections. The jewel in the crown is the South West Coast Path, Devon’s national trail.

Many of the trails link up to form a network of walks, providing opportunities to do a shorter day or half-day walk, a circular or linear walk. Many walks can be accessed by public transport.

The Devon landscape includes Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, England’s first natural World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve.  With all this, Devon is a unique and special county, full of history and heritage, with a network of walks just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed.

Slapton Sands Memorials

In 1943 some 3000 people were evacuated from the Slapton Sands area of South Devon in order to provide a

Exeter Quay

Exeter’s Quayside situated next to the River Exe and the Exeter Ship Canal is a popular destination for locals and
Photo of a stream through fields on the East Devon Way

East Devon Way

This 38 mile/60km path takes you from Exmouth in the west to Lyme Regis, Dorset in the east, and follows
Photo of the Wray Valley Trail waymarking post

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
Photo of cyclists on the Tarka Trail alongside the estuary near Instow

Exe Estuary Trail

This newly constructed cycle trail offers an almost entirely traffic-free, wonderfully level route which forms part of the South Coast
Photo of the Grand Western Canal with walkers on the tow path

Grand Western Canal Walk

The Grand Western Canal Country Park is a popular place to enjoy a flat, easy walk in the countryside, with
Photo of a quiet lane between trees on the Exe Valley Way

Exe Valley Way

The Exe Valley Way is a long-distance route for walkers exploring the length of this beautiful river valley. The trail
Photo of a trail through beech woodland in spring

Templer Way

The Templer Way is a route for walkers linking Haytor on Dartmoor with the seaport of Teignmouth. It has a
Photo of a trail through woodland

John Musgrave Heritage Trail

John Musgrave was a keen walker from Torquay who left a legacy to the South Devon Group of the Ramblers
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Erme-Plym Trail (Devon’s Coast to ..

This 15 mile/24km generally easy path takes in the pleasing environment of the Erme Valley south of Ivybridge, as well
Photo of the Two Moors Way path across moorland with a granite way marker in the foreground

Two Moors Way (Devon’s Coast to Co..

Running for just over 100 miles/160km between Ivybridge in the south and Lynmouth in the north, this famous path links
Photo of a quiet lane entering a tunnel on Drake's Trail

West Devon Way

The West Devon Way is a 37-mile walking trail linking Okehampton with Plymouth via Tavistock. This important part of Devon’s recreational
Photo of a view across the River Tamar to woodlands in Autumn

Tamar Valley Discovery Trail

This route covers a stretch of the valley of the Tamar, the historic border between Saxon Devon and Celtic Cornwall.
Photo of a quite lane crossing Stowford Bridge on the Two Castles Trail

Two Castles Trail

The Two Castles Trail takes you through beautiful and peaceful countryside – from the edge of Dartmoor, past historic battlegrounds
Photo of the top of a waymarking post for the Coast Path and Tarka Trail

Tarka Trail walking route

Inspired by Henry Williamson’s much loved novel ‘Tarka the Otter’ which was based on real places, this 163 miles/261kms recreation