Have you been searching for the perfect walking getaway in the southwest of England? Pull on your walking boots and plan an exciting trip to Mid Devon for an adventure holiday you’re sure to remember forever. Exe Valley Glamping provides the perfect base to embark on an incredible variety of walking trails, nestled in the heart of the gorgeous village of Bickleigh in Tiverton. Just a stone’s throw from our doorstep lies a world of adventure, so keep reading to discover some of our favourite nearby walks.
Uncover the Magic of Mid Devon
Mid Devon is an enchanting part of the country, jam-packed full of adventure at every turn. With picturesque countryside and jaw-dropping scenery, it’s the ideal place to escape the everyday and truly unwind. You can explore the rolling hills, meandering river valleys, and secluded woodland, enjoy attractions, country gardens, and local culture, and discover heritage in abundance.
Don’t let the tranquillity fool you; there’s plenty of room for adventure here in Mid Devon, too. Grab your walking boots or jump on a bike to adventure across the many trails, footpaths, and cycle routes just waiting to be conquered. You could even hire a boat and paddle your way through the waterways or reach the heady heights of the sky in a daring hot air balloon ride.
Mid Devon has so much to offer; you can lose yourself in a world full of discovery, or simply sit back and relax in the midst of the beautiful countryside.
Our Top 5 Favourite Walks in Mid Devon
1. Exe Estuary Trail
Embark on the Exe Estuary Trail; a 26-mile, mainly flat walkway and cycle route which runs around the entire Exe Estuary. The estuary links Exmouth, Exeter, and Dawlish, and the walking route is predominantly off-road, offering spectacular views along the River Exe. You’ll experience the true wonders of the Exe Estuary, where you can appreciate the wildlife and beautiful towns and villages which are steeped in maritime history. You even can find great lunch stops along this route like Turf Locks and The Swan Inn.
2. The Tarka Trail, Barnstable
Inspired by Henry Williamson’s much-loved novel Tarka the Otter, the Tarka Trail in Barnstable is a 163-mile route which follows Tarka’s journeys in a figure of eight through North Devon’s UNSECO Biosphere. You can view the incredible, ever-changing scenery as described in the book, featuring tranquil countryside, wooded river valleys, rugged moorland, and dramatic coastlines.
3. Tarr Steps
One of our favourite spots for a walk in Mid Devon is the Tarr Steps. This circular route leads you along the ancient River Barle, through woodland rich with perfect picnic spots, and finally ending back where you began at the clapper bridge – the longest and oldest of its kind if Great Britain. If you fancy challenging yourself, you can link this route with another nearby walk, and then reward your efforts with a refreshing drink or lunch at the Tarr Farm Inn, which overlooks the majestic bridge.
4. Wistman’s Wood, Dartmoor
Wistman’s Wood lies in the middle of Dartmoor National Park and boasts an easy walk along a well-marked path, perfect for walkers looking for a leisurely stroll. This magical walk takes you through enchanting woodland, where you’ll creep beneath the trees lichen-covered boughs in a forest that has remained unspoiled for hundreds of years. A cosy spot for lunch during your walk is the Warren House Inn, a stunning traditional inn featuring oak beams and burning log fires.
Step outside the door of your luxury safari tent and wander down the wonderful woodland paths to the charming nearby village of Bickleigh. Suitable for all ages, you’ll find Devon Railway Centre, Bickleigh Mill, and one of our favourite local pubs, Fisherman’s Cot, along the way. You can even walk down quiet country lanes to reach Bickleigh Castle, an exquisite piece of architecture.
Spectacular Staycations in the Heart of Mid Devon
Exe Valley Glamping offers the ultimate peaceful haven to return to after exciting days exploring Mid Devon. Our gorgeous canvas tents have been purpose-built to ensure that your glamping stay is fuss-free, allowing you to truly relax and unwind. Our fully equipped kitchen makes it easy to cook up a yummy dinner, you can watch the entrancing flames and listen to the wood burn in the outdoor fire pit. Snuggle down in soft linen, plump pillows, and a cosy duvet, as you drift off to sleep and get ready for another exciting day of adventure ahead. Our tents are dog-friendly, so your four-legged friends can enjoy the incredible walks Mid Devon has to offer as well. Book your walking retreat at Exe Valley Glamping today!