Walks & trails

There are over 40 walks across South Devon AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) 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.

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 (19/11/19)

Distance: 3.5 miles
Grade: Moderate to strenuous

Take in the old haunts of Saxons and smugglers, lush coastline and glittering sea, then amble back through the green fields of South Devon.

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.

Beesands and Hallsands (19/11/19)

Distance: 3.75 miles
Grade: Moderate

All of maritime life is here - Start Bay's great sweep of sea and land, traditional fishing communities, and the mysterious and tragic lost village of Hallsands. The walk wends it way home again along green lanes and footpaths.

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.

Blackpool Sands, Strete and Stoke Fleming circulars (19/11/19)

Distance: 4.5 miles
Grade: Moderate to Difficult

This walk can be done as two smaller circular routes or joined to make a longer figure of eight; great coastal views, green lanes, glorious beaches and plenty of history and wildlife along the way.

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.