Walks & trails

There are over 50 walks across South Devon AONB  to download here for free. They range in length from 2 to 12 miles and include a map, details of facilities and access as well as information on wildlife, archaeology and history.

These 19  walks devised with the assistance of The South West Coast Path Association,   are listed withn one section. There is the option of downloading the map with walk route, directions and a brief description onto a smart phone for ease of navigation, or downloading the pdf with additional information.

These new walking routes were made possible thanks to support from the South Devon Coastal Local Action Group and funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas LEADER programme.

Walks are listed alphabetically below and on our interactive map

Aveton Gifford (27/07/12)

Distance: 5.75 miles
Grade: Moderate

A perfect taste of the South Hams countryside - this inland walk bowls along on paths and green lanes, taking in hills and combes, gentle pasture, woodland and stream, with views to the moor for good measure.

Avon Estuary walk (01/08/12)

Distance: 7.5 miles (8.5 miles at high tide)
Grade: Moderate

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.

Avon Valley: Horse riding route (01/08/12)

Distance: 7.5 miles
Grade: Moderate

Cultural Trail: Man & the Landscape. This horse riding route is part of a series of themed trails to help you learn more about the landscape around you. Other trail themes include - Trade & Settlement; Coast & Conflict; Colourful Landscape.

Bantham to Thurlestone: Trade and Settlement (01/08/12)

Distance: 3.5 miles
Grade: Moderate

Cultural Trail: Trade & Settlement. This walk is part of a series of themed trails to help you learn more about the landscape around you. Other trail themes include - Coast & Conflict; Man & the Landscape; Colourful Landscape.

Blackdown Rings (10/08/12)

Distance: 6.25 miles
Grade: Moderate

The peaceful wooded Avon Valley, rich in wildlife and wildflowers, is a blissful spot. Explore the vale on this walk, with the river for company, taking in the superb Iron Age hillfort and sweeping views of Blackdown Rings.

Bolt Tail and Burleigh Dolts (10/08/12)

Distance: 8.75 miles
Grade: Moderate to strenuous

Following in the steps of our forefathers, this walk takes in the spectacular sites of two enclosures, dating back to the Iron Age, and the pathways and ancient green lanes in between, including a glorious stretch of coast.

Charleton and Frogmore Creek (10/08/12)

Distance: 4.5 miles
Grade: Easy to Moderate

The Salcombe - Kingsbridge Estuary is a glittering jewel in South Devon’s crown. This walk explores one of its loveliest creeks, teeming with wildlife, along with some of the areas ancient green lanes.

Dartmouth Castle to Compass Cove (30/09/13)

Distance: 1.5 miles
Grade: Moderate

A 1½ mile circular walk taking you out beyond the mouth of the Dart to offer a taste of the glorious open coast.

Dartmouth Castle to Gallants Bower (30/09/13)

Distance: 0.75 miles
Grade: Easy to moderate

A peaceful woodland walk up to the earthworks of a Civil War fort. You’ll soon see why it was built there; it offers commanding views inland, along the coast and out to sea.

Dartmouth Castle to Sugary Cove (02/10/13)

Distance: 0.5 miles
Grade: Moderate

A small and delightful beachy cove tucked into a nook in the wooded cliffs, Sugary Cove is a 10 minute walk from Dartmouth Castle.

Dartmouth to Greenway: The Dart Valley Trail (10/08/12)

Distance: 9 miles
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous

One of the area's truly great walks, this day-long 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.

Dartmouth Town Trail (10/08/12)

Distance: 1 mile
Grade: Gentle

A 2 hour gentle walk around the town of Dartmouth taking in historic features of interest.

Dittisham to Totnes: The Dart Valley Trail (10/08/12)

Distance: 8 miles
Grade: Moderate

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.

East Portlemouth and East Prawle: Cycling route (01/08/12)

Distance: 12 miles
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous

Cultural Trail: Trade & Settlement. This cycling route is part of a series of themed trails to help you learn more about the landscape around you. Other trail themes include - Coast & Conflict; Man & the Landscape; Colourful Landscape.

East Portlemouth and East Prawle: Horse riding route (01/08/12)

Distance: 12 miles
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous

Culturall Trail: Trade & Settlement. This horse riding route is part of a series of themed trails to help you learn more about the landscape around you. Other trail themes include - Coast & Conflict; Man & the Landscape; Colourful Landscape.