Devon is well-known for its unspoilt beauty and tranquillity. Walking in the county offers the ideal way to appreciate its quality, giving the opportunity to get into the heart of the landscape and really feel part of the environment.
There are walks to suit all tastes through a variety of superb scenery. Choose whether you want coastal cliffs and sandy bays, moorland, wooded valleys or quiet and remote countryside - or a combination of any of them - and you will be able to pick a walk to match your requirements. In addition, some Trails have historic or literary links to give further interest.
Many of the Trails have convenient parallel public transport routes
bus or train - which means you can walk shorter sections to the
next pick up point, and some can be used in conjunction with linking paths to form circuits.
This leaflet gives three suggested walks based on some of the Trails; one short (21/4km/11/2 miles), one longer (5km/3 miles) and one longer still (11km/7 miles).
Dart Valley Trail
The riverside path forms part of a long-distance route, the Dart Valley Trail, one of a network of such Trails in Devon. The Dart Valley Trail links Dartmouth and Kingswear with the picturesque village of Dittisham in a 13km/8 mile circuit, with an extension of a further 13 km/8 miles to the attractive town of Totnes at the head of the estuary. A detailed information pack is available from the Dartmouth Tourist Information Centre, price £2.
The Tarka Trail is a 180mile/290km figure of eight following the route of Tarka the Otter. Parts are available as a cycle route. It is one of a network of long distance Trails throughout Devon.
An introductory leaflet and a detailed route book on the Tarka Trail are both available.
South West Coast Path
The South West Coast Path has a total length of over 600 miles/960km around the whole peninsula between Minehead and Poole. The Pines, Pebbles and Plantations walk follows part of the Coast Path in its south Devon section. The South West Coast Path is a superb way to experience a range of fine Devon scenery, from cliff tops to wide estuaries, sandy bays to wooded valleys. Numerous guides are available on the Coast Path, including a comprehensive guide and accommodation list produced by the South West Coast Path Association.