The Dart Valley Trail is one of South Devon’s most favoured walking routes, and this comes as no surprise....
Devon pub walks combine two of the best things about staying in our region – picturesque hiking trails and traditional village inns, serving great food in a warm and welcoming setting.
Our locally-based team has put together seven of our favourite Devon pub walks, covering a range of coastal and countryside routes. Whether you’re looking for a short stroll and a quick waterside pint or a day-long hike punctuated by a hearty Sunday roast, you’ll find all this and more in our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Postcode: TQ7 4HL
A short walk from the South West Coast Path, the Journey’s End provides the perfect excuse for a detour. Nearby Ayrmer Cove is one of South Devon’s more remote beaches, usually accessed on foot from Bigbury-On-Sea or Challaborough Beach.
Make a right turn at this rugged little cove and walk two-thirds of a mile along the path to reach the village of Ringmore, where you’ll find this charming traditional pub.
You can find out more about Ayrmer Cove here or take a look at this walk guide from the National Trust.
Postcode: TQ7 4QJ
This friendly village pub is located in the heart of Loddiswell, a bustling village in the South Hams which is home to several local attractions, namely the South Devon Chilli Farm, Valley View Café at Aune Valley Meat and Avon Mill Garden Centre.
Loddiswell is also the start and finish of a popular forest walk by the River Avon. Why not finish your stroll at this traditional local inn for a drink or meal? See the menu on the Loddiswell Inn website.
We’ve put together a full guide to this circular walk along the Avon Valley here.
Postcode: TQ6 0EX
The Ferry Boat Inn (or FBI) is a cosy one-bar pub on the waterfront in beautiful Dittisham, where you can enjoy stunning views of a peaceful stretch of the River Dart and choose from a menu strongly based on fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Opposite the FBI is the Anchorstone Café, an al fresco eatery which specialises in seafood – an excellent choice if you fancy something different from a traditional pub experience.
We recommend this classic walk along the Dart Valley which takes in Kingswear, Greenway, Dittisham, the wooded Raleigh Estate and historic Dartmouth. It’s a challenge even for experienced hikers, but well worth it for the views alone.
Postcode: TQ7 3NN
Owned by Thurlestone Hotel, this rustic, atmospheric gastro-pub combines the feel of a traditional English pub with a commitment to great, locally sourced food.
There’s a seasonal menu consisting of numerous pub classics, fish dishes and vegetarian-friendly options. There’s even a list of potential allergens by every item, great for those with specific dietary requirements.
Just a stone’s throw from the South West Coast Path, the Village Inn is an ideal place to rest wearing legs as part of a range of walks.
How about this circular trail from Thurlestone to Bantham along the coast and back through unspoilt countryside?
Postcode: TQ7 2BY
This traditional village pub has a 200-year history, and in its current incarnation is well-known for live music, real ales and hearty food (with an emphasis on award-winning pies from Pieminster).
This walk guide from the National Trust explains the trail between East Portlemouth on the Salcombe-Kingsbridge Estuary and Prawle Point.
Postcode: TQ7 2EN
One of the most popular food-oriented pubs in South Devon, the Cricket Inn is situated right on the waterfront in the fishing village of Beesands.
Holding an AA Rosette, it’s especially popular for Sunday lunches and seafood dinners, and it also boasts an impressive claim to fame: The Cricket Inn is where Mick Jagger and Keith Richards performed together in public for the first time.
Why not walk from Torcross along the South West Coast Path, or try this circular walk that takes in both Beesands and Hallsands?
Postcode: TQ7 3HQ
Hope Cove is a picturesque and atmospheric former haunt for smugglers and wreckers. The Hope & Anchor is a spacious pub with a wide-ranging menu combining pub classics with original dishes. There’s a large outside terrace, ideal for making the most of sunny days and the beach views. A stone’s throw away, you’ll also find the Cove, a lively café-bar.
Hope Cove is perfectly placed for a range of walks, which include a long circular hike from Salcombe (going one way along the South West Coast Path and back inland through Malborough). Another, easier option is to take a smaller circular route from Hope Cove, Bolt Tail and Bolberry. The views from this stunning stretch of the South Devon coastline will take your breath away, not to mention help you work up an appetite.
Find out more about this walk from the South West Coast Path website.
South Devon is a wonderful holiday base for a walking holiday, offering a range of trails and a breadth of scenery that’s difficult to beat in such a compact region.