There are few more beautiful and diverse areas of the UK than Devon. Even those who rely constantly on their four wheels to get around in their everyday lives find themselves walking for miles through the stunning countryside and along the coastline.Here at Devon Hampers we have selected the 6 most amazing walks in Devon, that will get you out of the house this new year and exploring all of the stunning scenery that this incredible county has to offer.
1. Fingle Bridge
One of the hidden gems of Dartmoor is the Teign Valley and this 3.75m walk ticks every box when it comes to what you would expect from a great Devon walking route. Starting from the car park at Fingle Bridge the trail passes through both Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks. It's worth the steep climb up Hunter's Path to experience the view from Drogo Castle, not to mention the cream teas available in the castle café. A perfect walk to enjoy any time of the year.
2. Wembury Point
This 3 mile walk takes you across what used to be the Navy's gunnery school; HMS Cambridge. The National Trust has now restored the area to its former natural glory and this gentle walk, combined with the views out to sea and of Plymouth Harbour, is nothing less than spectacular.
3. Gara Point
The more rugged area of the Yealm Estuary offers a splendid 3 mile walk for those who want to get a glimpse of the wilder side of Devon famed in so many classic novels. With beautiful woods, a striking coastline and several many good pubs en route this 3 ½ mile walk is a real gem.
4. Ayrmer Cove
The 3 mile walk from Ringmore to the stunning valley and beach that is Ayrmer Cove is a must for all visitors to South Devon. The route takes you along old sunken lanes reportedly used by smugglers in the past and once you reach the bay you are likely to see the reptiles the area is famed for, basking in the sun.
5. Salcombe to Hope Cove
A word of warning for those intending to take in this 4 ½ mile walk; the natural beauty of the area is somewhat diminished in high summer due to the sheer volume of visitors. Saying that, if this is the time of year you are visiting Devon it isn't difficult to leave the crowds behind as each side of the Salcombe Estuary offers excellent walks. You can also catch the ferry from Salcombe and enjoy the walk up the beautiful valley located at Mill Bay.
6. Kingswear Peninsular and River Dart
There are some brilliant trails around the Dart Estuary and this 4 ½ mile walk is no exception. There is also a very good ferry system here that links Kingswear, Darmouth and Dittisham which all offer their own walking opportunities. You also have the option of travelling further up river and visit Sharpham's Vineyard. A favourite walk in the area is that between Agatha Christie's old cottage located at Greenway across to Coleton Fishacre which right at the very end of the Fishwear Peninsular.
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