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Best trails in Devon

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Trying to find the best Devon trails? AllTrails has 198 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Yelverton, Newton Abbot or Exeter, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 120 moderate trails in Devon ranging from 1.3 to 104.2 miles and from 0 to 1,935 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - South West Coast Path: Paignton to Exmouth
Paignton, Devon, England
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Length: 21.6 mi • Est. 10 h 59 m
#2 - Hunter's and Fisherman's Path to Castle Drogo
Dartmoor National Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 25 m
Beautiful views, and shaded woodland walks. Exciting for children with plenty to do in the water if your brave enough to enter the pristine but coldish water.Show more
#3 - Otterton Rondwandeling
Budleigh Salterton, Devon, England
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 2 h 40 m
A lovely circular walk along the Otter River, the coastal path, Ladram Bay, High Peak and Otterton Mill.Show more
#4 - South West Coast Path: Exmouth to Sidmouth
Exmouth, Devon, England
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Length: 22.5 mi • Est. 11 h 42 m
#5 - Lynmouth and Watersmeet
Exmoor National Park
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 52 m
A circular walk, starting and finishing in the North Devon town of Lynmouth. The first half of the walk is along the picturesque East Lyn river gorge. The East Lyn river itself, is a fast flowing waterway tumbling across a rock strewn river bed. There are many rapids and waterfalls to enjoy. The river and the gorge are a haven for wildlife; herons can be seen standing fishing in some of the slower moving sections and deeper pools. The second half of the walk takes you over some beautiful coastline with breath-taking views across this part of North Devon and out across the Severn estuary. On a clear day, the coast of southern Wales can be clearly seen. The beautiful and rugged North Devon coastline can be especially appreciated from Beacon Tor before descending back down the coastal path and returning into Lynmouth. Most of the area covered by the walk is part of 2,000 acres of North Devon coast managed by the National Trust. The National Trust centre at Watersmeet is where the East Lyn river joins with Hoar Oak Water. Here you can enjoy the beauty of the two rivers whilst enjoying a refreshment break. The walk includes several climbs and descents throughout, including some quite steep sections. The riverside path on the outward leg climbs high above the river in places, with steep drops down the banks to your side so take particular care with children and dogs. Some parts are uneven and slippery underfoot and the highest parts of the walk are quite exposed. You will need to negotiate several gates, flights of steps and bridges, but there are no stiles on route. Allow 2.5 hours.Show more
#6 - South West Coast Path: South Hole to Bude
Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 12 mi • Est. 6 h 27 m
This section to Bude is rumoured to be one of the hardest (as in most strenuous) sections of the entire SWCP. It certainly gets off to a tough start as there are lots of 'down and ups' to cross all pretty much one straight after the other. Probably about 6 of these in total. Once you get past Duckpool & Sandymouth it is then fairly flat for the last few miles into Bude. At the bottom of one of the cleaves, the path crosses a footbridge and enters into Cornwall.Show more
#7 - Croyde and Putsborough
North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 29 m
A circular coastal walk starting in the surfing paradise of Croyde Bay on the North Devon coast. The beginning of the walk is relatively level and follows along the coastal path to the headland at Baggy Point. From here there are some steep inclines, one with steps, to gain the top of the headland. Wonderful views of the Severn Estuary and the rugged coastline can be had all the way along the coastal path. On a clear day the island of Lundy can be clearly seen. From here there is a steady downhill walk to the sandy beach at Putsborough Sands. There are a couple of opportunities to cut the walk short, if you so wish, by taking one of the footpaths back to Croyde and missing out the excursion to Putsborough. The final stretch is back up to the hills above the bay and follows the footpath through fields, mainly set aside for the grazing of sheep, back to Croyde Bay. There is a lovely beach at Croyde for you to enjoy after the walk, but dog owners be aware that your canine charges are not allowed on Croyde beach during the main holiday season at any time of day. Dogs are allowed amongst the dunes behind though. The village of Croyde has many great places to eat both lunch and dinner, it also has some great surfing shops and clothing boutiques. Later in the holiday season, some great bargains can be had from these shops. Croyde Bay is famous amongst the surfing set and it easy to see why. There is a gently sloping beach with soft sands, behind the beach there are acres of high dunes. When the tide is out the beach becomes one enormous playground and the waves coming in are perfect for surfboarding, being some of the largest in the area. The walk includes several steady gradients throughout and there are a couple of steep sections. Some stretches of the path are uneven underfoot, some have steep cliff drops to the sides (so take care with children and dogs) and some sections (particularly one farm track) can be very muddy after periods of rain. There is one stretch of road walking without a pavement, so take care of traffic here. You will be sharing several of the fields with sheep or other livestock. You will need to negotiate several gates and steps plus 8 stiles (two low, single-step stiles and some fence stiles). Allow 3 hours. Show more
#8 - South West Coast Path: Plymouth to Wembury
Plymouth, Devon, England
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Length: 10.6 mi • Est. 4 h 47 m
#9 - South West Coast Path: Axmouth to West Bay
East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 16.7 mi • Est. 8 h 55 m
This section marks a departure from Devon and into Dorset. The path is either less well maintained in Dorset or the local geology suffers more from erosion, but there are a number of long-standing 'temporary' diversions of the path. If you're an accomplished walker with the right gear and a bit of sense, the diversions are not mandatory. Well worth doing the long Undercliffs Nature Reserve section between Seaton and Lyme Regis as this is very isolated and full of greenery and wild-life almost like no other section on the coast path! Golden Cap is the highest point on the south coast at 191m but its not a patch on Great Hangman on the north coast at 318m so don't get too excited! Show more
#10 - South West Coast Path: Clovelly to South Hole
Bideford, Devon, England
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Length: 13.4 mi • Est. 6 h 55 m
On this route you pass through Hartland and into Cornwall. This entire trip is fairly strenuous with lots of cleaves to cross. Show more
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