The Dart Valley Trail is one of South Devon’s most favoured walking routes, and this comes as no surprise....
Our part of Devon is known not only for its dramatic coastline and stunning beaches but also for having some of the most breathtaking walks in the country. Here is our guide to seven of the best Devon walks for you to enjoy this August.
1. Gallants Bower, Dartmouth – Try this trek and you’ll quickly see why it’s one of our favourite Devon walks. It begins at Dartmouth Castle and takes you through some charming woodland terrain by the sea. Taking the path to the left of the old ruined castle wall, follow the signs to Gallants Bower. Though a relatively short walk, the views are incredible, and this is a particularly good option for those who want a breath of fresh sea air. It can be extended through Little Dartmouth, making it a more substantial trek.
2. Torcross to Hallsands – This trail combines the South West Coastal Path and a beach walk through Beesands. Taking the steps at the end of Torcross beach, follow the footpath signs to Beesands, before walking the stretch of the beach and then up onto the coastal path once more. If you need refreshments, Beesands is the best place for a bite on this walk. There is even a park for the kids if they (or you!) want a break. This is not a circular walk so bear this in mind when you set out.
3. Kingsbridge to West Alvington Woods – Starting in Kingsbridge, this is one of the more tranquil Devon walks on our list. It takes you through charming meadows and woodland, a hidden delight that you wouldn’t expect to find so close to the town. Follow the public footpath signs through the field and enter the woods at the stile. This is a circular walk, so it will lead you back to Kingsbridge and its many amenities.
4. Bantham to Thurlestone – This is one of the most spectacular Devon walks you’ll come across, with unbelievable views over the dramatic coastline. Starting at Bantham beach, head left up the hill to the coastal path and then follow the footpath all the way past the golf course to Thurlestone beach. You can take a breather on one of the many benches along this walk and just watch the world go by.
5. South Sands to Bolt Head – A three mile circular walk, South Sands to Bolt Head runs along a fairly challenging path. Keener walkers can extend their hike all the way to Bolt Head itself. The views on this walk are extraordinary, which explains why this is one of the most popular Devon walks among photographers, as well as those wanting something to really take their breath away!
6. River Avon –Starting in Loddiswell car park, this is a gorgeous walk through green lanes, countryside and riverside footpaths. Follow the lane to the left of the church and go towards Reads Farm before bearing onto the public footpath. Turn left at the bottom of the riverside footpath to follow beside the river.
7. Charleton and Frogmore Creek – Beginning at Frogmore Bridge, this walk helps you discover one of the prettiest creeks in the area. From the bridge, follow the main road past the bakery and the pub before turning left onto the public footpath signed Frogmore Creek and West Charleton. Follow the public footpath signs to experience the beauty of this estuary-side walk.
For more information on these walks, visit www.southdevonaonb.org.uk which gives you detailed directions as to the routes most suited to your needs. Our locally based team have also put together plenty of information about our favourite South Devon walks. Make sure to discover them next time you are in Devon!
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