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When out walking, or taking your dogs out take a look at the Country Code Booklet.

Travel Devon has various information on walks, cycling, buses and trains.  Take a look here first.
Map my Ride Cycling Torquay
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Dont want to walk alone?  Bay Walks are free and supervised.  Bay walks are graded to allow you to choose the one that's right for you.  SHORT walks are ideal for beginners, those recovering from surgery or for those with mobility limitations.  More information on Bay Walks.

Discover Brixham's Secrets, Blackbeards Trail, devised by Brixham buccaneers the trail is a wonderful circular walk of approximately 2.5 miles combining history, beauty and spectacular views.  Starting and finishing at the Prince William of Orange Statue, The Quay Brixham, be prepared to climb a height of 170 ft and to go down several flights of steps.  The walk is signed and in front of the Old Market House, built in 1799, you will see on the lamp column the first of the signs (Marked W on the map).  Thee are 8 in total and each has a different pirate symbol.  Can you find them all? complete the checklist at the end of the guide to find the whereabouts of Blackbeard's Secret Scrol.

South West Costal Path organisation and Luggage Transfer can help you with your South west Costal Path Walk.

Berry Head National Nature Reserve, Brixham, Torbay has stunning views across Torbay and the South Devon Coastline, Historic Napoleonic Forts, cannon and re-enactments, Superb Coastal Walks including part of the 630 mile SW Coast Path, A site of international significance for wildlife conservation, Frequent sightings of dolphins and Porpoise, The Largest Guillemot colony on the UK's south Coast.  While visiting Berry Head, take a look at the Guardhouse Cafe, they occasionally have planned evening special events, open every day 9am - 5pm and dogs welcome.

Cockington Court is a fablous place to visit, situated between Torquay and Paignton, this is a nice easy walk.  Visit the Village  where  you can buy home made creamy fudge at the Cockington Gallery and Gifts.  There are many Tea Shops and Gift shops where you can browse. The Drum Inn in Cockington has a great selection of Drinks and Food (and dogs are welcome).  Following up through the park to the main Hall at Cockington you have the Cockington Church, St George & St Mary 1069 AD.  This church is open to visitors.  The hall has a lovely Tea room, and Gallery Shop.  It is also licenced for weddings.  Taking the path between the hall and the Church you will come to a garden on the right hand side, through there is some of the many crafts you will find here in the Stable Yard studios, alternatively carry on the path to the end, and you will find more crafts, (Sea Change Studios), here you will find Cockington Chocolates which is highly recommended either for yourself or pressies home.  I have come across this website, which gives some history of Cockington, and some fab photos

Devon Wildlife Trust walks are for those who love to explore, these walks are out as far as exmouth. 

The John Musgrave Heritage Trail The route commemorates the Torquay man John Musgrave, a man who worked and studied in the Middle East and in Europe but who on retirement returned to South Devon. He was a passionate walker, an activity which helped him overcome his childhood polio. On his death he left a legacy to the South Devon Group of the Ramblers' Association to set up a long-distance walk encircling Torbay.  The route explores over 40 of South Devon's finest heritage features and is suitable for all types of walker, from the gentle stroller to the experienced rambler. In just a few footsteps the route moves from urban life to rural landscape, and takes in woodland, farmland, Country Park and coastline.  The trail is divided into four individual sections
Section 1, Maidencombe to Cockington, approximately 11 miles, Maidencombe - The Manor in the Domesday Book 1086.  Watcombe Valley of the Rocks, once Torquay Terracotta Quarry.  Brunel Woods 58ft Totem dedicated to I K Brunel.  Great Hill, 180m above sea level with views over Torbay.  Middle Rocombe, Origin of Rocombe Farm Ice Cream.  Coffinswell, Picturesque Devon Village.  Kingskerswell, War memorial cross.  Cockington, Cockington Court and Craft Centre.
Section 2, Cockington to Totnes approximately 9.5 miles.  Cockington Village, horse and carriage rides.  Gamekeeper's Cottage Tudor home of the rabbit warrener. Occombe Farm, Demonstration organic farm and Local Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest.  Marldon, setting for Elizabeth Gouge novel "Gentian Hill" and famous for its Apple Pie Fair.  Berry Pomeroy, Norman Castle, said ot be the most haunted castle in England.  Totnes, 1820 Regency bridge over the River Dart.
Section 3, Totnes to Dittisham approximately 9 miles. Totnes, Elizabethan architecture and Totnes Castle.  Ashprington,  14th century church of St. David with roofed lych-gate.  Cornworthy, remains of 13th century Augustinian priory of St Mary.  Brambletorre, Brambletorre Mill.  Dittisham, Important salmon fishing village and foot ferry.
Section 4, Greenway to Brixham Approximately 5.5 miles.  Greenway, once home to Agatha Christie.  Views of the River Dart, Dartmough in the distance. Churston Village, Saxon origins.  Brixham, Famous fishing port and Golden Hind replica.  William of Orange Statue, Landed at Brixham on 5th November 1688
USEFUL CONTACTS, TRAVEL LINE 0871 2002233 www.traveline.org.uk.  Greenway 01803 842382 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway.  Greenway Ferry Services 01803 882811
Walkers are advised to refer to the Ordnance Survey Explorer maps OL20 South Devon and 110 Torquay and Dawlish in conjunction with the full guide from discover devon.

Take a look at the long distance walkers association  or the Ramblers organisation.

Walks from the Riviera Line (Exeter to Paignton)  take the train stop for a lovely walk.  
Walk From STARCROSS STATION, Walk to Cockwood and then enjoy a circular walk from its harbour.  Distance 3.3  miles.  
Walk from DAWLISH WARREN STATION Enjoy a easy walk on paths around the Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve, an internationally important wildlife site, Distance 3.2 Miles.
Walk From DAWLISH STATION, Walk starts and ends at Dawlish Station and takes in both the development of Dawlish since the 1800's as well as the attractive Old Town.
Walk From TEIGNMOUTH STATION, Shaldon.  A walk from Teignmouth Station along a traditional promenade before crossing the River Teign by ferry.  Visit the smuggler's Tunnel before wandering around the picture perfect riverside village of Shaldon.  Dstance 3.2 Miles
Walk From Torquay Station, Agatha Christie Mile, Immerse yourself in the world of the best selling author, Agatha Christie.  Starting at Torquay Station, travel along Torquays seafront passing some of the places associated with her life and works.  Each location is marked with a unique plaque.  Distance 3.4 miles.
Walk From Paignton Station This very accessible walk around the centrepiece of the bay provides the walker withthe colourful and varied activity of Paignton's picturesque harbour and a headland walk.  Visit the pier, enjoy the promenade,and walk through the public gardens built by Welsh Miners.

Tarka Line Walks  Tarka Line is from Exeter Central, going to Barnstable in North Devon.  There is a book called Tarka Line Walks, which details 60 guided walks along this line.  The Tarka Line Ranger ticket is the key for unlimited travel on the day required.
Tarka Line Cycling  The Tarka line can only accommodate two bikes at a time on the trains at the conductors discretion.  There is no restriction on folding bikes. Cycle Hire is available from the Tarka Trail Cycle Hire at Barnstaple Station.

Try the Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat and their suggested walks (Dogs are welcome) Railway Walks There is 7 different walks in this leaflet ranging from 1 hour up to 4 hours.  
Churston to Kingswear Walk  2-3 hours.  Stout shoes recommended as this walk can be wet after rain.
Churston to Brixham Walk 30-50 minutes  
This gentle walk of 40 – 50 minutes will take you across open country to the outskirts of Brixham and then around the coast overlooking the Outer Harbour before dropping to alongside the busy Inner Harbour with all its fishing boats. It is fairly easy walking but parts may be muddy after prolonged rain.
The ABC Murders Walk approximately 60-90 minutes  The great crime writer, Agatha Christie, lived close to this station and was a regular user. In her books she described many local places in which to base her incidents but normally changed the names. In The ABC Murders, however, place names were not altered and Churston Station and some of the places on the following walk appeared as themselves.

South Devon Ramblers association walks  If you wish to join in on a Ramblers walk, please contact the walk leader, and read the guidence for walkers link at the top of the page.   They welcome new members and invite individuals to walk with them three times before asking them to join the Ramblers.

Dartmoor Walks This Way. This is a brilliant way to see Dartmoor, they offer Guided tours and hire of Electric Bikes.  They also offer vouchers if you want to gift someone.  If you want to see more of Dartmoor without walking Dartmoor Scenic Tours can help


South Devon Area of Natural Beauty  Have a whole host of walks over South Devon, take a look at their website.  There are over 40 walks across South Devon AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) to download here for free. They range in length from 2 to 12 miles and include a map, details of facilities and access as well as information on wildlife, archaeology and history.

Green Lanes are unmade roads ussed over the centuries as working routes by farmers, tradesmen, pilgrims, smugglers, drovers, quarryment and miners.  They now form a network of hidden byways threading through the countryside.


South Hams District Council have a unique green lane improvement project, as part of the scheme, 50 local businesses have been involved in a voluntary payback scheme.  Through donations via these businesses, visitors and the local community have helped to restore many of these historic routes to their former glory.  Leaflets for these walks can be obtained in South Hams Tourist offices at a cost of 50p each, all money collected goes towards environmental projects in the South Hams. Unfortunately, at present.

Walk 1,  2 hours, 2.5-3 miles, Kingsbridges hidden Highways, This walk takes you out towards Bowcombe Creek on a route that was once the only way out of the water-bound Kingsbridge in a westerly direction.  These lanes carried goods up from Bowcombe Creek and served mills along the estuary.  Today, as traffic towards the coast increases, step back into these hidden time tunnels and get the feel of how Kingsbridge was once a very important market town.

Walk 2,  2.5 - 3 hours, 4.25 miles.  Wembury - Seaweed, surfers and a Saxon saint.  The Green Lanes that you explore on this walk take you from the seashore to the downs and back again.  As an island race, the people of this land have always had the need to defend its shores.  The green lanes which remain in this area today tell not only this story, but also that of a pastoral people drawn to the sea for fish, fertiliser and fortune hunting.

Walk 3,  2 hours  3.5 miles.  The Southerly pull of Prawle Point.   Down at Prawle Point you are at the most southerly spot in Devon, with an atmosphere all of its own.  This walk will take you along some of the most ancient - feeling lanes in the area, leading down to the sea and  the timeless rhythm of the tide.

Walk 4, 3 hours, 4.75 miles.  Beesands - Strand and Land.   Follow in the footsteps of the farmers and fishermen of the past in a walk along ancient routes which wend their way to and fro by the sea.  Along the way we take in traditional fishing villages, breathtaking coastal views, the freshwater lagoon of Widdicombe Ley and even the Second World War headquarters of General Eisenhower, all amid the hills and hollows of the much-loved South Hams Landscape.   If you have time, take a visit to Slapton Sands, this whole area of beach is great for fishing and  lazing about on the beach, but Slapton sands has a American Tank memorial, for operation Tiger, which was salvaged from the sea.

Walk 5, 2 hours, 3.75 miles.  Totnes - Ringed by hillforts.  This route takes you along green lanes that were thankfully neglected when other routes in the area were being transformed into the turnpike toll routes which sometimes became the main roads of today.  It is lucky for us that this lovely route was overlooked for improvement, because it makes for a delightfully tranquil stroll out from the town.  The walk meanders through the patchwork of rolling fields and hedgerows, and offers some breathtaking views.