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Lower Knapp Farm

Devon, England

Five of our Favourite Walking Routes in Devon

Posted by Luci Ackers on Mar 12, 2015
Beach in Devon
Beach in Devon

Don't miss out on some of the fantastic scenery of Devon. There are so many places to choose from that we have narrowed down some of our favourite walking areas to give you a list of five.

Fingle Bridge

This walk is just under 4 miles and is in the Teign Valley, one of Dartmoor's best hidden gems. On one side of the valley is the bleak High Moor, and on the other side is a series of steep-sided wooded valleys. The Two Moors Way passes through it and, if you're a serious walker, this route goes from north to south Devon through both Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks. Fingle Bridge is a 13th century packhorse bridge in a stunning setting. A steep climb up Hunters Path rewards you with spectacular views from from Castle Drogo out across the North Moor.

Salcombe to Hope Cove

The Salcombe area of Devon is bustling with visitors in the height of summer, so if you are looking for a quiet stroll then it is probably best avoided! This said, it is very hard to be distracted from the outstanding charm of the place. The headlands on both sides of the Salcombe Estuary provide excellent walks and, if you catch the ferry from Salcombe you can walk up the amazing valley at Mill Bay. As you reach the top this opens out and is the beginning of a lovely little four mile walk to Prawle.

Upper Plym Valley

This one's for history lovers. The Upper Plym Valley is a typical Dartmoor landscape, it is treeless and open but has an extraordinary concentration of Bronze Age and Medieval stone remains. It is one of the richest archaeological landscapes of Dartmoor. Start at Plym Bridge which crosses the River Plym near Mainstone Wood and park in its little car park. From here there are three routes that take you up the Plym Valley and as well as the abundant historic sites, there is also a great range of wildlife to spot en route such as fallow deer and buzzards.

The Dart Valley Trail

For those who really fancy a good long walk, the Dart estuary is a fantastic area to explore, with wooded banks and a host of wildlife to enjoy. A circular walk will lead you from Mayor's Avenue car park in Dartmouth on a 9 mile trek along footpaths and occasionally fields and roads. Along the route you can stop off at National Trust owned Greenway Estate before continuing on and crossing the river by ferry. Great views greet you along this route as well as a range of human and natural history.

Exmouth to Sidmouth

The South West Coast Path is one of Britain's fantastic National Trails stretching 630 miles from Minehead in Somerset to Pool Harbour in Dorset. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site on a walk that takes you between Exmouth and Sidmouth, along the coast with fantastic views out to sea. There are regular buses travelling between the two, so only a one-way journey is necessary and along the route you can walk the seafront at Budleigh Salterton, pass through the woods to High Peak and see the site of an Iron Age settlement, and explore the gardens and beach at Sidmouth. This walk has a little bit of everything.

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Author: Luci Ackers

Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

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