Walking In Devon
North Devon & Exmoor:
Exmoor National Park lies in North Devon and part of West Somerset, including a dramatic section of coast. Wild moorland rules the high ground with Dunkery Beacon being the highest point within the National Park. Wooded valleys or combes cut deep into this upland and provide another typical feature of the landscape. The coast includes some of the highest cliffs in the UK with easy access provided by the South West Coast National Trail.
The Coleridge Way:
The Coleridge Way route runs from Exmoor to The Quantock Hills. The route is way marked with Quill signs and can be enjoyed in both directions equally. A real treasure of a walk, The Coleridge Way takes you through a range of different scenery in a quiet, untouched and little known area of The West Country. Be prepared for some vast panoramic views by day and by night cosy stays in welcoming pubs.
The Tarka Trail:
The Tarka Trail is a pedestrian and cycle way in the North Devon Biosphere Reserve. It runs in a 163 mile route through untouched landscapes. This trail is a wonderful and sustainable way to explore the Biosphere Reserve from the coast, through deeply carved river valleys with ancient twisted woodland to the productive farmland and moorland higher up the catchments. The Trail passes through the towns of Lynmouth, Barnstaple, Bideford, Torrington, Okehampton and Ilfracombe and parts of the trail coincide with the South West Coast Path, the Two Moors Way and the Dartmoor Way.
The River Barle and Withypool from Tarr Steps:
The River Barle is a stunning river that eventually joins the River Exe south of Dulverton. This walk explores the east bank of the river before visiting the pretty village of Withypool. The return route takes to the higher ground offering some outstanding views over the rolling countryside of this part of the Exmoor National Park. The route is generally well signed and the paths good.
The Heart of Devon, Exeter, is home to some of Britain’s most stunning landscapes – impressive scenic coastline, rugged mystical moorland and undulating countryside. Whether you’re a keen hiker or just a fan of taking a stroll, there’s no better way to discover the Heart of Devon than going for a walk.
Exeter City Wall Trail:
This trail is a fascinating self-guided tour. The oldest parts of the wall are almost 2000 years old and it has been the site of many important historical events. Around 70% still exists. Follow the trail to discover colourful information panels at strategic points. There are quizzes and puzzles for children to do on the way, so bring paper and pencils along with you.
Sidmouth - Valley and Jurassic Coast Walk:
Sidmouth is an attractive seaside town on the coast of East Devon. Situated on the floor of the valley of the River Sid where it meets the sea, it is flanked on both sides by high ridges which both contain the town and give it its scenic backdrop. In addition, the coastline of East Devon is part of the Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site. This is England’s first World Heritage Site. The world heritage site as a whole stretches from Studland Bay in Dorset to Orcombe Point near Exmouth, and it often referred to as the Jurassic Coast. It shows the natural geological progression over 185 million years of earth history in just 95 miles.
The Exe Valley Way:
A picturesque walk between the source and sea along the beautiful River Exe; The Exe Valley is a long distance route for walkers exploring the length of this beautiful river valley. The Exe Valley Way is almost 50 miles in length, stretching from the South West Coast Path on the Exe Estuary to the village of Exford on the high land of Exmoor National Park.
The Exe Valley can be divided up into a series of 10 stages, most of which can be walked comfortably by most walkers in half a day. The Exe Valley Way marker signs are located along the entire route to guide you.
Dartmoor has it all. Whether you’re looking for a challenging trek across windswept moors, or just a relaxing stroll through isolated woods, you’ve come to the right place. Blaze your own trail, be a pioneer, explore and take the less trodden route. If you are a keen, confident walker, try one of our hard or moderate routes, gather your kit and head out the door.
Tavistock to Plymouth; Drake’s Trail is a group of walking and cycling trails. The network has something for all ages and abilities. This important part of Devon’s recreational route network runs through the superb countryside with attractive scenery along the western edge of Dartmoor together with much historical and heritage interest. The trail takes you through wooded river valleys and across open moorlands, up close to wonderful wildlife and history. This trail creates easy cycling and walking opportunities for all the family to enjoy.
Teign & Turrets Walk:
Newton Abbot; The Teign is Dartmoor’s most iconic river. From a gloomy moorland spring, it meanders some 50km to the South Devon coast at Teignmouth. This four-hour walk in its upper valley takes in some astounding views.
There’s nothing like heading out into the great outdoors and the great footpaths and walking trails that zigzag through South Devon provide the ideal place to explore. South Devon has some of the finest walks in Britain, with hundreds of miles of ancient tracks and coastal paths for you to enjoy. Including Britain’s longest marked footpath, The South West Coast Path, covering 630 miles.
Kingswear to Froward Point:
South West Coast Path - Kingswear to Froward Point.
Castles and cliffs, seals and skylarks, on a coastal circular walk rich in views, history and natural abundance. This path is also dog friendly.
Stover Country Park:
Newton Abbot; This 4 hectare lake supports a large quantity of water birds and an excellent grouping of dragonflies and damselflies; 19 species have been recorded here overall, including rarities.
Stover, Newton Abbot; The Templer Way is a walk of 18 miles, tracing the historic line of granite being taken from the quarries at Haytor to the docks at Teignmouth. Where possible the track follows the Haytor Granite Tramway and Stover Canal.
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