WALKS & CYCLE ROUTES
exe Estuary trail
A 26-mile mainly flat cycle route and walkway which runs around the entire Exe Estuary, linking Exmouth, Exeter and Dawlish. This predominantly off-road route offers fantastic views along the River Exe. Experience the true wonders of the Exe Estuary; appreciating the wildlife and beautiful riverside towns and villages, which are steeped in maritime history.
Lunch stops on route: Turf Locks and The Swan Inn
the tarka trail, barnstable
Inspired by Henry Williamson’s much loved novel ‘Tarka the Otter’, this 163-mile route follows Tarka’s journeys, in a figure of eight, through North Devon's UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. View the ever-changing scenery as described in the book, featuring tranquil countryside, wooded river valleys, rugged moorland and dramatic coastlines.
If you have made it to Exmoor National Park, the Tarr Steps are well worth a visit. This circular route leads you along the ancient river Barle, through woodland and picnic pastures, and finally ending where you began at the "clapper bridge”; the longest and oldest of its kind in Great Britain. For walkers seeking a more challenging walk, you can link this route with another nearby walk. Afterwards, why not enjoy a cold drink or lunch at the Tarr Farm Inn, overlooking the majestic bridge?
wistmans wood, dartmoor
Wistman’s Wood is an easy walk along a well-marked path, situated in the middle of Dartmoor National Park. Creep beneath the trees’ lichen-covered boughs in a woodland that has remained unspoilt for hundreds of years. Make sure you also pay a visit to Warren House Inn, a stunning traditional inn with oak beams and log fires.
hound tor, dartmoor
Steeped in rich history, this moderate route takes you to some of Dartmoors most famous tors: Saddle, Haytor, Howell and finally Hound Tor. Pack a picnic for the most scenic lunch sat amongst the heather, or take shelter beneath one of the tors. The Rugglestone Inn in Widecombe-in-the-moor is just a stones throw away, for those who wish to warm up by an open fire after a blustery walk.
east devon way
This 38-mile path takes you from Exmouth in the west to Lyme Regis in the east, following footpaths, bridleways and stretches of quiet lanes. The route passes through the heart of East Devon, which is well-known as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The path links to the South West Coast Path, the scenic Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and the Exe Estuary. You can pick up short sections of the trail from a number of easily accessible points.