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With two coastlines, two national parks and endless dramatic scenery, all of your walks in Devon promise a certain magnificence. England’s third-largest county and yet one of the least densely populated, when you ramble in the county’s interior, you’ll see more sheep and cows than people. It’s a hilly county, with a rugged coastline, deep valleys and high, granite tors on its moorlands, but that’s not to say hikes in Devon are always challenging. 

There are plenty of fantastic walks here for every type of hike. Children will love exploring the county’s stunning river valleys where the water rushes around moss-covered boulders, as well as the tremendous choice of beaches. From short strolls and half-day hikes to full days on the moors or multi-day adventures, Devon’s got it all. 

Thanks to its large size and massive topographical difference, there’s always an interesting place to visit no matter the time of year or the weather. Each season brings a new side to the countryside so pick a route and lace up those boots.


Top 20 best walks and hikes in Devon

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    Intermediate
    02:59
    6.68 mi
    2.2 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:05
    4.51 mi
    2.2 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:44
    5.67 mi
    2.1 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    03:21
    7.44 mi
    2.2 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:40
    8.01 mi
    2.2 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    02:30
    5.45 mi
    2.2 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:43
    3.60 mi
    2.1 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:02
    6.54 mi
    2.2 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:47
    3.66 mi
    2.1 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:48
    4.02 mi
    2.2 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:23
    7.14 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:15
    2.92 mi
    2.3 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:39
    3.37 mi
    2.0 mph
    625 ft
    600 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:52
    8.56 mi
    2.2 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.
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    Intermediate
    02:18
    5.35 mi
    2.3 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    04:23
    8.93 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:42
    5.70 mi
    2.1 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:19
    4.95 mi
    2.1 mph
    675 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    02:57
    6.22 mi
    2.1 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    04:33
    9.96 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,100 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.
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Wide ranging terrain

Your hikes in Devon could take you to 1,970-foot (600 m) hills topped by granite tors just as easily as they could to waterfalls cascading in a woodland valley or to a towering sandstone clifftop. In the west, Dartmoor National Park draws walkers from far and wide, to ramble its wild expanse and see its charming historic villages, tucked in the folds of its valleys. In the north, Exmoor National Park offers soaring views over Wales and the Bristol Channel. 

In the South, the Roman city of Exeter hordes history in every stone and the southern coastline hides innumerable coves with clear water and tiny fishing boats bobbing on moorings. East Devon is awash with undulating farmland and beautiful rivers where the eagle-eyed can spot beavers. Its coast is tough on the thighs, with steep ascents and descents between its charming towns. 

Culture embedded into the landscape

Some of the best hikes in Devon blend human and natural history. In Dartmouth, you can explore the riverside to spot the naval academy, historic boats on moorings, an active steam train and, a little further up the Dart, Agatha Christie’s former home, Greenaway. In Plymouth, explore the majestic, craggy perimeter of the Sound including the Mayflower Steps, where the English pioneers set off for America. 

In Lydford, on Dartmoor’s western edge, find a Norman castle near a breathtaking gorge. Above the River Teign in the north east of Dartmoor, find the country’s youngest castle: Castle Drogo along with the 17th-century stone Fingle Bridge downriver below. On the north coast, Clovelly is an exceptionally picturesque fishing village tucked into steep cliffs. 

A farming landscape with two, exceptional coastlines, your options for Devon walks are staggering. Footpaths, bridleways, traffic-free paved trails and quiet lanes allow you to hike hundreds of miles without ever seeing the same place twice. 

Peace and play

While Devon sees large crowds in summer, its abundance of space means there’s always somewhere peaceful. Its interior is always quieter, even in the busiest season while North and East Devon beaches are often less visited than those in South Devon during the summer.


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