Walks & Trails

Slapton Ley Nature Reserve

Distance: 1.5 – 2.5 miles depending upon route
Starting Point: Torcross Memorial car park TQ7 2QW
Local pub – Start Bay Inn 

From Slapton Sands, you can walk along the beach towards Torcross Sands. After a short walk you will see Start Bay Inn on your left – right on the beach. Scramble up… cross the road and you will find yourselves in the Torcross Memorial car park – the start of your walk. The fresh water Slapton Ley Nature Reserve is only separated by road from the salty sea.


There are a number of walking routes that navigate Slapton Ley, including a family trail that takes under an hour, perfect for little legs! If you’re after something a little more strenuous, you can always continue through the countryside to Slapton village and for a longer extension, head back to Slapton Sands beach.

  • Dog friendly all year round
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Look out for warblers, swallows, and badgers - the reserve is a haven for wildlife

 Start Bay Inn

With a view over the beach and fabulous fish and chips  

Walk along the unbroken trail along the South West Coast Path

The Cricket Inn

We love The Cricket Inn… stunning sea views and delicious mussels  

Beesands to Hallsands

Distance: 3.5 miles (circular)
Starting point: Beesands car park TQ7 2EL

Local pub – The Cricket Inn

From Blackpool Sands, to the expansive bays at Slapton Sands and Beesands, to rugged Hallsands – and finally the iconic lighthouse at Start Point.


You can walk it all (and further) on an unbroken trail along the South West Coast Path. The walk connects the traditional fishing village of Beesands with historic Hallsands, before turning inland through green lanes and patchwork fields.

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Thurlstone to Bantham

Distance: 4 miles (circular)
Starting point: South Milton Sands National Trust car park TQ7 3JY

Local pub – The Village Inn

A route that takes in epic coast and countryside views, Burgh Island and Thurlestone rock arch being of particular note, the circular route from Thurlestone to the village of Bantham walk is one of Devon’s crown jewels!

 

Starting at the popular South Milton Sands (you could even stop at the popular Beachhouse Cafe at South Milton Sands for a pre-walk coffee!). You will walk adjacent to Thurlestone Beach and on to the South West Coast Path. The route itself navigates pavements, tracks, road, fields, coastal path and a few steep hills that are well worth the climb!
Towards the end of your walk you will pass The Village Inn, which oozes character and delicious gastropub food. 

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From Thurlestone to Bantham - one of Devon's crown jewels

The Village Inn

A traditional Devon pub serving gastro food

A challenging walk with rocky sections and areas of steep ascent 

The Pig’s Nose

A  lovely pub serving real ales and quality pub grub – and often dishing up live music too

East Prawle to Prawle Point

Distance: 4 miles (circular)
Starting point: East Prawle Village Green TQ7 2BU

Local pub – The Pig’s Nose

East Prawle is home to some exceptionally epic hiking routes that tread both coast and countryside. The landscape is some of the most dramatic you will find in the area, with ancient green lanes, dramatic cliffs and rocky outcrops.


The walk to Prawle Point is one of the shortest routes leading from the village, however, it is regarded as challenging, with some rocky sections and green lanes, and you will also find several areas of steep ascent and descent.


It’s also a perfect place to watch dolphins playing in the sea.

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Averton Gifford to Bantham

Distance: 3 miles, or 6 miles including return
Starting point: Aveton Gifford car park TQ7 4LB

Local pub – The Sloop Inn

A challenging countryside amble that takes in country lanes, woodland trails and footpaths, the Aveton Gifford to Bantham walk delivers the ultimate countryside experience. 

 

Expect to jump over stiles, wind through wide-open fields and tiptoe alongside little streams. Whilst there are several steep climbs, the views are second to none and worth the effort; one particular viewpoint you overlook the River Avon but also out towards Burgh Island.

 

As you drop into the village of Bantham, you may be tempted for a quick swim, so be sure to pack your swimmers! 

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Averton Gifford... a beautiful village

The Sloop Inn

If you walk on a Sunday, their roast dinner is one of the best in the region!

Dartmouth to Dittisham

Distance: 10 – 12 miles depending on exact route (partly circular)
Starting point: Dartmouth Quay (TQ6 9PS) 

Local pub – Ferry Boat Inn

 

The Dartmouth to Dittisham walk, via Greenway, is a famous hike along the Dart Valley Trail – and this circular walk is considered one of the very best when it comes to showing off the incredible natural beauty of Devon.

 

It is a challenging walk with many steep ascents and descents, compensated by stunning views of the River Dart and beyond, The terrain is varied, taking in pavements, roads, grass, rocky paths and farmland.

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The South West coastal path

 Ferry Boat Inn

A lovely pub… with  a choice of  real ales, a comprehensive wine list and a pub menu that is out of the ordinary

If you are an early riser - you might hear the thunder of racehorses which train here on a clear morning

The Rugglestone Inn

A charming unspoilt heritage pub since the 14th Century

Widicombe-in-the-Moor

Distance: 3 miles (circular)
Starting Point: Widecombe-in-the-Moor car park TQ13 7TA

Local pub – The Rugglestone Inn

Are you a rambler? Dartmoor moorland is peppered with a wealth of varied walking routes. 

After a somewhat steep climb up a quiet country lane from the village, you arrive on open moorland, where the views over Hameldown are glorious.

The gentle flat section provides a leisurely stroll along a wide green track between the blooms of gorse and heather.

The walk also crosses Wind Tor, equally breath taking, which offers a chance to explore prehistoric remains.

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