Walking Trails in Devon

Devon is walking heaven both for the occasional day out and for the serious hiker. Walking Trails cross moorland, wooded valleys, rural farmland, fantastic scenic coastal routes and designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Some places are of serious scientific interest both for geological and biological reasons. Devon is covered in archaeological sites from ancient standing stones to Norman castles.

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The Tarka Trail

is a walking trail of 180 miles in a figure of eight centred on Barnstaple and waymarked by otter prints. Both trains and National Express coaches visit the town. The Tarka Line Railway runs from Exeter adding a further dimension to this delightful Trail. The railway actually completes the final leg back to Barnstaple from Eggesford. A Trail for both ramblers or cyclists.

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Dartmoor Way

Buckfast Abbey

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90 miles round Dartmoor. A circular trail and some of it is arduous. Good place to start would be Buckfastleigh as the South Devon Steam Railway stops there. It is a circle so anywhere along the Way – Ashburton, Bovey Tracey, Moretonhampstead, Okehampton, Tavistock or Princeton. There are walking and cycling routes. Dartmoor Way links with The Tarka Trail West Devon Way and Two Castles Trail,

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Devon Heartland Way

43 miles. Apart from a couple of climbs this interesting route is mostly easy walking. It is waymarked and links Okehampton with the Exe Valley at Stoke Canon. You will get sidetracked so allow time! As different as Uncle Tom Cobley and Jam & Jerusalem! Crediton makes a good place for a stop.

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East Devon Way

which is also known as The Foxglove Way. 38 miles waymarked with the Foxglove sign. Runs from Exmouth to Uplyme just over the border in Dorset, through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Rambles uphill and down dale through rolling countryside, but some it is level. Its delight is too that it can be broken up into shorter walks.

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West Devon Way

West Devon Way

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From Okehampton to Plymouth via Tavistock, 36 miles of varied walking round the western edge of Dartmoor.

A trail that runs parallel to bus routes so it is easy to walk a little at a time for a pleasant day out. Walking is not too difficult. Wander along river valleys, open moorland, and peaceful rural haunts. The path is waymarked except over the open moorland sections.

The trail connects with Two Castles Trail and Dartmoor Way at its northern end, South West Coast Path, Erne-Plym Trail, and The Tarka Trail. To make it the West Devon Way it also connects with the Tamar Valley Discovery Trail and the Cross City Link Walk, both at Plymouth. A circuit round the west of Devon.

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Two Castles Trail

– 24 miles. The castles are

Okehampton and Launceston. Apart from a couple of hill climbs, the Trail is not strenuous. Launceston is just over the Devon/Cornish border. Bus services at both ends of the walk and there is a train to Okehampton from Exeter on a Sunday. West Devon Way, Dartmoor Way. Tamar Discovery Trail, The Tarka Trail and the Devon Hearltand Way connect.

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The Templer Way

18 miles from Haytor to Teignmouth. It is downhill from Haytor – so that is the easiest way! This one celebrates Devon's industrial past. The first part runs over the tramway that George Templer built to move the quarried granite from Haytor to the Canal. The middle is Stover Country Park and Ted Hughes Poetry Trail is situated there. After Stover Park the trail divides, one cross country and the other follows the River Teign. The routes meet again at Teigngrace and Ventiford where the Stover Canal begins. It flows for almost two miles to Jetty Marsh. The canal is being restored by the The Stover Canal Society .

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Enjoy the numerous and delightful walking trails in Devon.

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Other pages that may be of interest

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Yarner Wood along the Templer Way

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Useful Information

Many of these trails could become short breaks. Or they can be explored in bite sized bits for days out.

Very enjoyable.


Hotels can be found locally from Wessex Hotels

There are some delightful cottages around the county. Probably one near where you would love to stay.

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Car Rentals

Want a cute car? Large car? Small car? Whatever you need you will find it here. You will probably even find your favourite car hire firm here and Car Rentals do not add a penny to their price for looking all over for you!

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Please note that National Express coach services have been suspended due to the current pandemic.

Why not travel by Coach

If you do decide the leave the car at home and help the environment too, why not go National Express. They run coaches all over the country. Some pretty good fares too.

Just imagine - sit back and relax, no hassling with the traffic!!!

Do you know that you can book on your mobile phone and they will send the ticket as a text!!!!

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Virgin Trains is an excellent main line railway.

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More Public Transport

Traveline is a very useful resource for public transport throughout Wessex, even local buses. There are other pages on Traveline for other parts of the country.

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