The county of Devon is located in south-west England and borders Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. Head to its northern coastline and you'll meet the Bristol Channel and the Atlantic Ocean, go south and you'll discover the English Channel.
From dramatic coastal hikes to fossil hunting and national park walks, Devon has something for everyone. Discover the county on foot with our pick of the best day walks and hiking routes in Devon.

Heading to one of Devon's two national parks? Check out our guides to best walks in Dartmoor and Exmoor.

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Walks in Devon

Lydford Gorge

2.7 miles/4.3km | 2hours | moderate

Lydford Gorge
Discover the wild falls of Lydford Gorge/Credit: Getty

Stretching for 1.5 miles, the steep-sided Lydford Gorge is a spectacular chasm in the hills. At one end lies the impressive Devil’s Cauldron whirlpool, while the 30m (100ft)-high White Lady waterfall is at the other.

Bystock Nature Reserve

6 miles | 3.5 hours | easy-moderate

Lily ponds and trees
Emperor dragonflies are just one of 20 species to reside at Bystock ponds/Credit: Dave Chamberlain

In May, this east Devon reserve hums with signs of deepest spring – songbirds wheel from tree to tree, invertebrates chatter from within the heath and adders bask in the warming sun.

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Atlantic puffin and flowers

Branscombe to Beer

3 miles/4.8km | 2 hours | moderate

Overlooking the beach and cliffs at Beer in Lyme Bay Devon England UK Europe
Overlooking the beach and cliffs at Beer in Lyme Bay/Credit: Getty

If you’ve built up a thirst walking from Branscombe along Devon’s coastal cliffs and beaches to Beer, then you’re in luck – the tiny seaside village has a handful of traditional pubs, perfect for a well-earned pint.

Elberry, Churston and Fishcombe, Devon

3.7 miles/6km | 2.5 hours | moderate

Shingle beach in Devon
Walking towards Elberry Cove, with the disused bath-house on the edge of the shingle beach/Credit: Getty

Explore South Devon on this two-hour walk along beautiful coastlines, semi-ancient woodlands and spot grey seals in the calm waters of Fishcombe Cove.

Wistman's Wood

2.8 miles/4.5km | 1.5 hours | easy-moderate

Sun falls through the canopy of Wistman's ancient oaks/Credit: Getty

Dartmoor National Park's ancient Wistman’s Wood is reached on an easy walk on a waymarked path from Two Bridges car park. Peer in beneath the trees' lichen-covered boughs to a woodland that has remained unspoilt for hundreds of years.

Brixham and Berry Head

4 miles / 6.4km | 2.5 hours | moderate

Wildflowers at Berry Head near Brixham
Wildflowers at Berry Head near Brixham/Credit: Getty

This 4-mile circular walk from Brixham to Berry Head includes a replica of Sir Francis Drake’s Golden Hind, an section of the South West Coast Path and an old fort and gun battery.


5.5 miles/8.8 km | 4 hours | moderate

Belstone Tor on Dartmoor
Belstone Tor in Dartmoor National Park/Credit: Getty

Discover the delicate tones of the skylark, and many other Dartmoor delights, on this remote ramble through the national park's northern moors and tors.

East Lyn River

6.8 miles/11km | 4 hours | moderate

Confluence of East Lyn River and Hoar Oak water at Watersmeet/Credit: Getty

Rising high above Exmoor, the East Lyn River flows through the East Lyn Valley in Devon to the picturesque village of Lynmouth. This beautiful six-mile walk begins at Lynmouth in the Exmoor National Park and follows the East Lyn River upstream to Rockford before heading back to the coast.

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Dartmouth to Dittisham

8.8 miles/14.2km | 5 hours | moderate

Kingswear, from Jawbone Hill, Dartmouth, South Devon
Kingswear, from Jawbone Hill in Dartmouth/Credit: Justin Foulkes

Walk from the hustle and bustle of Dartmouth through ancient oak woodland and along country lanes to the sail boats and colourful cottages of Dittisham, with lovely ferry rides on the way.

Coleton Fishacre

7 miles/11.3km | 4.5 hours | moderate

Coletone Fishacre, Devon
Coletone Fishacre in high aummer/Credit: Getty

Step off the ferry and take a stroll along Devon’s South West Coast Path to the lush gardens of a 20th-century estate, home to exotic ferns, trickling water features and woodland glades.

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5.2 miles/8.4km | 3.5 hours | moderate

River near Burrator Reservoir/Credit: Getty

Rich in history and legend, Dartmoor National Park offers an exhilarating challenge for walkers and some of the most dramatic views in England. Follow our circular walking route starting and finishing at Sharpitor and taking in views of Burrator Reservoir

Twinkling water at Bosta Beach

Great Staple and White Tor

6.4 miles/10.3km | 4.5 hours | moderate-challenging

Great Staple Tor, Dartmoor/Credit: Getty

Explore mysterious remains left by our distant ancestors on wild and beautiful Dartmoor with a walk from Great Staple Tor to White Tor.

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This huge moorland scattered with staggering granite tors in the south-east of Devon is a hiker's paradise – discover the best walking routes in Dartmoor National Park with our guide.
Dartmoor river in autumn

Teign Gorge

6.9km/4.3 miles | 2.5 hours | moderate

Hannicombe Wood, Dartmoormbe Wood
Hannicombe Wood in autumn/Credit: Getty

Take an autumn walk from Castle Drogo through Piddledown Common and Fingle Wood a see one of England’s largest woodland restoration projects.

Hound Tor

5.3 miles/8.5km | 4 hours | moderate-challenging

Scramble to the summit of Hound Tor/Credit: Getty

Ghosts, witches and dragons: walkers looking for some scary stories should head for Dartmoor. This moderate walking route takes in a host of Dartmoor's famous tors – Saddle, Haytor, Howell Tor and Hound Tor.

Elwill Bay

7.4 miles/11.9 km | 4.5 hours | moderate

Coastal cliffs
Elwill Bay on the coast of Exmoor/ Credit: Geograph

Begin in a verdant inland valley of Exmoor National Park before striking out on to the South West Coast Path with beautiful views across Elwill Bay on this eight-mile coast walk.

Gutter Tor and Higher Hartor Tor

4 miles/6.4km | 2.5 hours | moderate

Gutter Tor cloudscape
Gutter Tor cloudscape/Credit: Getty

The hills, moorlands and coastlines of Devon’s landscape have long provided inspiration for Britain’s authors, poets and playwrights, from Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle to Thomas Hardy and Jane Austen. Discover the landscape that inspired Michael Morpurgo's War Horse with this four-mile walk from Gutter Tor to Higher Hartor Tor in Dartmoor National Park.

Heddon Valley to Foreland Point

9 miles/14.5km | 6–8 hours | challenging

Bothy in woodland
Heddon Orchard National Trust Bothy/Credit: Mike Fenton, National Trust Images

With almost 900m of ascent, this coastal walk between two National Trust bothies is about as dramatic as they come. But it is well worth the effort – just don’t forget to bring a sleeping bag.


Daniel Graham of COuntryfile magazine on a hike with wet hair and blue coat and hills in background
Daniel GrahamOutdoors editor, BBC Countryfile Magazine

Danny is the outdoors editor of BBC Countryfile Magazine, responsible for commissioning, editing and writing articles that offer ideas and inspiration for exploring the UK countryside.