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Tackling one of the many beautiful walks in Devon is the perfect way to experience the region’s sublime beauty at first-hand – so we have selected some of the best Devon walks for you to explore.
Admire the heavenly sands and cliff-top views along the Devon coast, or get away from it all in one of two picture-perfect National Parks, as well as a handful of AONBs wrapped in luscious landscapes.
Discover 7 of the best walks in Devon…
Start at: Hope Cove, TQ7 3HJ
Length: Approx. 8 miles
This stretch of idyllic coastline, along the South West Coast Path and within the South Devon AONB, is undoubtedly one of the best walks in Devon. While a more direct route can be taken through the marvellous countryside, the coastal trail is more than worth the extra effort.
Starting at Outer Hope gives an early indication as to just how impressive the scenery is along this magnificent Devon walk. Be sure to admire the panoramic views of Hope Cove from Bolt Tail, before heading on round to Bolberry Down, Soar Mill Cove and Bolt Head where the picturesque Salcombe Estuary will come into view.
Use one of our South Devon holiday cottages as a base for experiencing this mesmerising walk. Also make full use of our Salcombe Travel Guide for more ideas and inspiration on how best to experience this region.
Start at: Mayor’s Avenue Car Park, Dartmouth, TQ6 9NG
Length: 9 miles
Spend a day exploring the magnificent Dart Valley Trail, without a doubt one of the most stunning walks in South Devon. With a number of stiles, flights of steps and steep climbs throughout, this is a Devon walk suited to the more agile among you.
As well as enchanting woodland and idyllic waters, the Dart Valley Trail also comes surrounded in compelling history – adding an extra dimension to this already magnificent Devon walk. Take the passenger ferry from Dartmouth to Kingswear before following the yellow-signed footpath along this tranquil route.
Start at: Pork Hill Car Park, PL19 9LQ
Length: 6.5 miles
Head to the delights of Dartmoor to enjoy a scenery-filled walk across two of the most picturesque tors imaginable. Intriguing ancient rock formations thought to be of Neolithic origin bring an added sense of fascination to this popular walk in Devon.
Challenging ascends and descends make this a Devon walk for the more active, however the unique historic sites make the perfect excuse for a rest when it’s needed. Admire far-reaching views across the luscious landscapes below you, sure to keep you amazed for the entire three-and-a-half hours.
Start at: Sidmouth Beach, EX10 8RZ
Length: Approx. 7 miles
The world-renowned Jurassic Coast really needs no introduction, being one of the most naturally beautiful walks in the UK. The path from Sidmouth to Beer, within the East Devon AONB, gives you an idea of just why this is such a popular place to visit.
Experience unique natural landmarks such as the dramatic Salcombe Hill Cliffs and Chapman’s Rocks, and perhaps even spot some of Exmoor’s resident ponies along this beautiful Devon walk. After you’ve conquered this sublime trek, treat yourselves to a much-deserved drink overlooking the beach at the delightful village of Beer.
If you’re looking to tackle this popular walk in Devon, why not book one of our Sidmouth cottages? When you’re not out exploring the great outdoors, use our Exeter Travel Guide for the best recommendations of what to see and do nearby.
Start at: Dartington Lane, Dartington, T19 6EL
Length: 800 acres of grounds
The 800 acres of immaculate gardens surrounding the historic Dartington Hall are perfect for those seeking a slower-paced walk in Devon. As well as tranquillity and floral beauty, the gardens are wrapped in an intriguing past, which you can learn all about in the Visitor’s Centre.
An all-terrain mobility scooter is available for hire, making these Grade II listed gardens a Devon walk that all can enjoy! Use the handy illustrated map to find your way around Dartington Hall Gardens, enjoy an informative guided tour or simply discover it for yourselves.
Start at: Baggy Point, Moor Ln, Croyde, EX33 1PA
Length: 10 miles
This idyllic North Devon walk is the ultimate way to experience this picture-perfect region. Along with mesmerising seascapes, also come across luscious countryside and farmland along this popular walk in Devon.
Begin this magnificent circular Devon walk with one of the region’s most iconic viewpoints, the National Trust’s Baggy Point. The coastal splendour continues right round the coast towards the glorious sands of Woolacombe, before looping back round through stunning countryside. This beautiful Devon walk then passes the stunning Croyde Bay, and finally arrives at Baggy Point once more.
One of our Woolacombe holiday cottages would be the perfect spot to stay at before embarking on this stunning coastal walk in Devon. Also make the most of our handy Croyde Travel Guide to get even more ideas on how best to experience this area.
Start at: Torquay Seafront, TQ2 6NT
Length: 3.4 miles
Book-loving ramblers can walk in the footsteps of one of the world’s most famous authors, Agatha Christie, along the awe-inspiring English Riviera. There are 12 landmarks connected with the author along this 3.4-mile-route, from spots that inspired her works to the seven plaques waiting to be found.
Amble in and around Torquay, taking in the glimmering seascapes whilst learning stories of your favourite author – the perfect summertime stroll. Mainly consisting of flat paths aside from the hill towards the Imperial Hotel, this is a walk that can be enjoyed by intermediates as well as the more experienced.
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