South Devon has some of Britain's finest walks, with hundreds
of miles of ancient tracks and stunning coastal paths for you
to enjoy. The area is world-famous for its dramatic 60-mile coastline
with its breathtaking cliff-top views and fabulous coves and beaches.
Dartmoor National Park is also a haven for walkers, with its rugged
landscape and spectacular scenery. There are a fabulous selection
of walks in the area, with a huge variety of opportunities to
explore the coast, historic towns, stunning countryside and river
the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (SDAONB) website
for a map and list of over 30 walks and trails in the area.
Walking from your cottage door
There are various walks you can do from the doorstep. We provide
our guests with a detailed OS map (with footpaths shown). From
Belsford, you can walk up the "green lane" footpath
to the top of the hill, where you will see fabulous views across
to Dartmoor. You can continue onto Totnes town, or you can go
on a circular route back to the cottage via Harberton village
Dartington Hall walks:
Dartington Hall is set in inspirationally beautiful grounds,
and is a perfect place to explore: you can walk for free around
the fabulous landscaped gardens, or you can follow public footpaths
around the estate (see
walk route on AA website).
Coastal and river walks (from the South Devon Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty website):
estuary walk - Downstream from Aveton Gifford, the river
Avon winds through its beautiful and secluded valley to the
sea. This fine walk traces its course, and you are rarely
out of sight of the river, or its rich birdlife.
to Thurlestone - Take in the old haunts of Saxons and
smugglers, lush coastline and glittering sea, then amble back
through the green fields of South Devon.
Castle to Compass Cove - A 1½ mile circular walk
taking you out beyond the mouth of the Dart to offer a taste
of the glorious open coast.
to Greenway: The Dart Valley Trail - One of the area's
truly great walks, this daylong ramble follows the wooded
banks of the broad and beautiful river Dart, on a route crammed
with gems and jewels of human and natural history
to Totnes - A perfect, gentle day's journey, this walk
links village to nestled, unspoilt village as it follows the
silver ribbon of the River Dart through Devon's rolling hills.
Portlemouth to Gara Rock - Step out along the coast path
from the Salcombe Estuary to meet the wide open sea. Exhilarating
scenery, and a wonderful way to get the wind in your sails.
Cove to Bolberry Down - A walk of towering cliffs, endless
coastal views, scenes and stories of shipwrecks, and the charm
of Devon lanes winding between abundant hedgebanks with the
beautiful, nestled fishing village of Hope Cove to start from
and return to.
Dartmouth (and Dartmouth Castle) - Small, but perfectly
formed, this satisfying circuit is full of character and interest,
offering glorious views from the cliffs, the tang of the sea
close up on the rocky shore, the rich history of the castle
and the beautiful River Dart.
and the middle Avon valley - A beautiful leafy walk following
the amber waters of the River Avon through classic English
woodland, starting and finishing in the tranquil village of
Mayo and Revelstoke Drive - The many faces of maritme
South Devon in one walk; wild open sea and rugged coast, sheltered
estuary, wooded riverbanks, and the waterfront village of
Noss Mayo with its chocolate box charm.
to Bolt Head - Passing through an enchanted landscape
of rocky spires and jumbled pinnacles, with inspiring views
in all directions, this is a coastal walk guaranteed to lift
- Like a satisfying meal, this walk has the shingle sweep
of the beach to start, a main course of all the wildlife you
could wish for on a National Nature Reserve, and the sweet
and characterful village of Slapton for dessert. Perfect!
Fleming to Strete - Taking in the stunningly beautiful
Blackpool Sands beach of this dramatic coastline.
Town Trail - A walk through Totnes' narrow streets to
discover a town crammed full of history. This walk can be
extended by following the River Dart to nearby Dartington
along the riverside path.
Dartmoor National Park is also a beautiful place to go walking,
whether you are looking to take a short family stroll, follow
a woodland or reservoir trail, join a guided walk, or head off
for a challenging hike over remote moorland. With over 730km of
waymarked public rights of way and 47,000 hectares of open country
set in dramatic, rugged landscape, there is something for everyone.
Dartmoor is a great place for exploration because of its wealth
of wildlife and its varied and beautiful landscape which includes:
rugged, open moorland; steep sided river valleys; deciduous woodland
forests; reservoirs; farmland; and picturesque villages and towns.
the Dartmoor National Park Authority website for more details
on walking on Dartmoor.
"Warhorse" filming locations:
Thanks to the release of Spielberg's "Warhorse" film,
Dartmoor is now a must-see holiday destination. Many weeks were
spent filming on Dartmoor, with locations including Haytor, Combestone
Tor, Venford Reservoir, Meavy and Sheepstor, with the Hollywood
director praising the beauty of Dartmoor, saying "I have
never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with
such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War
Horse on Dartmoor." Visit
the Dartmoor National Park Authority website for precise filming
locations and photographs.