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.

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
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
Photo along the South Devon coast showing fields, coastal cliffs and sea with the Daymark in the distance
205miles/
329kms

South West Coast Path

Over the centuries fishermen, coastguards and smugglers have helped to create this historic path – now Britain’s longest National Trail
Photo of the Grand Western Canal with walkers on the tow path
16miles/
26kms

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 trail through beech woodland in spring
18miles/
29kms

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
35miles/
56kms

John Musgrave Heritage Trail

John Musgrave was a keen walker from Torquay who left a legacy to the South Devon Group of the Ramblers
Photo of a stile in front of fields and woodland
15miles/
24kms

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
100miles/
160kms

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
37miles/
59kms

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
30miles/
48kms

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
24miles/
38kms

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
163miles/
261kms

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