GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Dartmoor Walks

This wonderful National Park in south Devon is a haven for walkers with miles waymarked trails. There's fascinating geology, a variety of wildlife and a number of granite tors there's so much to see.
Popular Dartmoor circular walks include the wonderful climb to High Willhays, the highest point in the national park. Also of note is the Two Bridges Walk and the famous Haytor Rocks which are one of the most popular areas of the park.
Easy walks on Dartmoor include the pretty lakeside routes at Kennick Reservoir, Trenchford Reservoir and Tottiford Reservoir. There's also the towpath of the Tavistock Canal and the lovely Becky Falls to enjoy.

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Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Abbot's Way22 miles (35 km)Travel from Buckfast Abbey to Tavistock Abbey on this long distance trail through the Dartmoor National Park. The trail runs for just over 20 miles, connecting these two historic abbeys and exposing you to some beautiful moorland scenery. Along the way there's a series of rocky tors, pretty rivers and interesting villages. The route climbs to a height of over 1660 feet so there are also great views across the National Park from the high points. View Full Details>>
Ashburton3 miles (5 km)This walk in Ashburton takes you along the River Ashburn to some of the local woods to the north of the small town. There's a nice riverside footpath along the slender river, with lovely views of the surrounding Devon countryside. View Full Details>>
Avon Dam5 miles (8 km)This walk takes you from Shipley Bridge to the Avon Dam reservoir along the River Avon. The walk begins at the car park at Shipley Bridge about 2 miles south of the reservoir. You then pick up a well surfaced trail along the river to the Dam before continuing around the northern side of the reservoir. The walk passes Brent Moor, Dockwell Ridge, Gripper's Hill and Dean Moor. It's a lovely riverside walk with weirs, brooks and great views of the surrounding Dartmoor countryside. View Full Details>>
Becky Falls6 miles (10 km)This is a circular walk in the Dartmoor's Bovey Valley visiting the beautiful Becky Falls and other local landmarks, beauty spots and villages. The falls are one of Dartmoor's premier beauty spots. It's a great area for walkers with 4 colour coded trails taking you through woodland to the Main Falls and the Lower Falls. View Full Details>>
Bellever Forest5 miles (8 km)Enjoy a cycle or walk around this lovely forest in the Dartmoor National Park. The circular route starts in the pretty hamlet of Bellever and passes Laughter Hole Farm, Laughter Tor, Bellever Tor and a number of interesting stone cairn circles. It's a delightful and peaceful area with lots of different walking trails to choose from. Cyclists are welcome but please keep to the stone roads. The East Dart River also runs through the forest so you can enjoy a waterside stroll and a picnic. Look out for Dartmoor Ponies as they graze the forest. View Full Details>>
Brent Tor1 miles (1 km)Enjoy a short climb to this distinctive Dartmoor Hill and visit the hill top Church of St Michael, the parish church of the village ofBrentor, which lies below the Tor. View Full Details>>
Buckland Abbey3 miles (5 km)Explore the gardens and wider estate surrounding this 700 year old house in Dartmoor near Plymouth. There are a number of way-marked walking trails taking you through meadows, orchards and woodlands where you can enjoy far-reaching views of the Tavy Valley. View Full Details>>
Burrator Reservoir4 miles (6.5 km)The area surrounding this reservoir in Dartmoor is well worth exploring on foot or by bike. As well as waterside paths along the reservoir there are miles of lovely woodland trails, brooks, streams and waterfalls in the surrounding area. You'll also pass a number of rugged Dartmoor Tors and the River Meavy at the western end of the reservoir. View Full Details>>
Cadover Bridge to Dewerstone Rocks3 miles (5.5 km)This varied walk in Dartmoor explores the attractive woodland, rivers and crags around Cadover Bridge and Dewerstone. View Full Details>>
Cann Woods3 miles (5 km)These woods on the outskirts of Plymouth have miles of good cycling and walking trails. For mountain bikers there's some good downhill trails and nice wide tracks for leisure riding. Features include twists, turns, jumps and some berms built up by local riders. See the video below for an idea of the sort of tracks you will find on the site. View Full Details>>
Canonteign Falls2 miles (2.5 km)This country park in Dartmoor consists of woodland trails, beautiful lakes and the stunning Canonteign Falls. The walk takes you through a beautiful wooded valley with babbling streams, tumbling waterfalls and pretty wooden bridges. The paths lead you to the spectacular 220 feet (70m) high Canonteign Falls which is one of the highest in England. Other features in the park include a Victorian Fern Garden and a Secret Garden, 7 tranquil lakes and a children's play area with a 30m zip wire. View Full Details>>
Castle Drogo4 miles (6 km)Explore the delightful gardens and wider estate surrounding this country house in Drewsteignton, Devon. This is one of the classic walks in Dartmoor taking you from Castle Drogo to Fingle Bridge along the wonderful Hunters Path. There are fabulous views down the gorge and across Dartmoor on this elevated path. At Fingle Bridge you cross a 13th century packhorse bridge and pick up the River Teign Walk following a splendid waterside path through oak woodland. Lots of little beaches give you the opportunity for a waterside picnic or a little paddle. It's great for wildlife too- look out for salmon and brown trout jumping up the weirs when the river is in spate (high water). Kingfishers and woodpeckersare other visitors to this beautiful area. View Full Details>>
Chagford2 miles (3.2 km)The Dartmoor town of Chagford is in a great position with several waymarked trails passing through the area. There's also riverside paths along the River Teign and several local hill climbs to try. View Full Details>>
Dartmeet2 miles (3 km)This walk visits the popular tourist spot of Dartmeet in the Dartmoor National Park. It's a lovely scenic area where thetributaries oftheEast DartandWest Dart meet. Highlights include a set of stepping stones and a picturesque clapper bridge which dates from the medieval period. There's also nice easy riverside paths along the river and a more challenging climb to the nearby Yar Tor to try from here. View Full Details>>
Dartmoor Ramble50 miles (80 km)A wonderful circular walk around the fascinating Dartmoor National Park with plenty of lovely riverside walking and some challenging climbs. View Full Details>>
Dartmoor Way86 miles (138 km)This walk takes you on a tour of the wonderful Dartmoor National Park. You will pass through Okehampton, Chagford, Moretonhampstead, Buckfastleigh, Princetown and Tavistock as you make your way around this circular route. The scenery is varied with wild upland, valleys, and waterfalls among the features of the park. View Full Details>>
Fernworthy Reservoir4 miles (6 km)This walk takes you around the lovely Fernworthy Reservoir and into Fernworthy Forest in Dartmoor. There's a nice waterside path to take you around the reservoir with the option of extending your walk into the adjacent Fernworthy Forest, where you will find miles of delightful woodland trails. It's a really pretty area with a variety of birdlife to look out for on the tranquil waters of the reservoir. You may also see some Dartmoor ponies cooling off in the summer! The area has good facilities with toilets, a catering van and parking on the south side of the reservoir. View Full Details>>
Fingle Bridge to Clifford and Steps Bridge Walk5 miles (8 km)A woodland walk along the River Teign from Fingle Bridge to Steps Bridge via Clifford Bridge. Along the way you'll pass through Fingle Woods and the Dunsford Nature Reserve where there are many different types of butterfly to look out for in the summer months. View Full Details>>
Fingle Woods4 miles (6 km)Explore the delightful woods around Fingle Bridge and visit the Iron Age Hill Fort of Wooston Castle on this woodland walk in Dartmoor. The area is actually made up of a series of woods including Charles Wood, Hore Wood, Butterdon Ball Wood and Houndsmoor Wood. It covers over 400 acres with waymarked trails and lots of wildlife to look out for. From the high points there are wonderful views over Dartmoor and the option of continuing your walk through the Teign Gorge towards Castle Drogo. View Full Details>>
Granite Way11 miles (18 km)This lovely, largely off road trail runs from Okehampton to Lydford through the Dartmoor National Park. It passes along a disused railway path and forms part of National Cycle Network Number 27 but is suitable for both cyclists and walkers. View Full Details>>
Grenofen Bridge to Double Waters3 miles (5 km)This lovely riverside walk in Dartmoor takes you from Grenofen Bridge to Double Waters where the River Walkham joins the River Tavy. You'll pass through the pretty Walkham Valley with attractive woodland and the rushing rapids and quiet pools of the river. View Full Details>>
Grimspound4 miles (6 km)This circular walk on Dartmoor, visits the fascinating Bronze Age Settlement of Grimspound. The route runs for just under 4 miles, reaching a height of over 1600ft from the high points. As such, there are wonderful views over the national park for the duration of the walk. View Full Details>>
Haytor6 miles (9.5 km)This circular walk visits one of the most popular areas of Dartmoor at Haytor Rocks. The 6 mile route also visits some of the other nearby viewpoints before a wooded section through Yarner Woods. You'll also use a section of the Templer Way long distance trail which runs through the area. View Full Details>>
Hembury Woods2 miles (2.6 km)This walk explores Hembury Castle Hill Fort and Hembury Woods in Buckfasltleigh, Devon. There's miles of shady trails with waterside paths along the Holy Brook and the River Dart, which runs through the eastern side of the wood. View Full Details>>
High Willhays6 miles (9 km)Climb to the highest point on Dartmoor on this splendid circular walk in the Dartmoor National Park. The walk starts at the car park at Meldon Reservoir and takes you to the 621metres (2,039ft)summit via Longstone Hill and Black Tor. View Full Details>>
Hound Tor5 miles (8.5 km)Hound Tor is considered one of the best view points in the Dartmoor National Park. It's a lovely walk to the 414m (1,358ft) summit with the landscape thought to have inspired 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'. View Full Details>>
Kennick Reservoir3 miles (5.5 km)This walk visits Kennick Reservoir and its surrounding woodlands, in the Dartmoor National Park. View Full Details>>
Lustleigh Cleave5 miles (8.2 km)The village of Lustleigh is in a nice position for exploring a lovely part of the Dartmoor National Park. This circular walk takes you to Lustleigh Cleave, a 'cliff' or 'cleft', to the east of the village. It's a great place for walkers with many footpaths leading to fields, meadows, woods and riverside trails along the River Bovey. View Full Details>>
Lych Way11 miles (18 km)Follow in the footsteps of medieval church goers on this ancient path on Dartmoor Forest. The path was used by people travelling from their farms on the moor to the church in Lydford. It's also known as the 'Way of the Dead' as people would carry their dead to the graveyard for burials as well. The path runs for nearly 12 miles and climbs to a height of over 1500 feet so it is a challenging walk. You are rewarded with splendid views across Dartmoor for much of the way. View Full Details>>
Lydford Gorge2 miles (3 km)Lydford Gorge is a splendid place to visit for a short walk through dramatic surroundings. It is located in the Dartmoor National Park near the town of Lydford and is notable as the deepest gorge in the South West of England. The footpaths take you through the wooded glade to the fantastic 100-foot-high (30-metre) 'White LadyWaterfall'. In wet weather the falls are a spectacular sight being the highest waterfall in the south west. You will also visit a series ofnoisy whirlpoolsknown as the 'Devil's Cauldron' where the water seems to be boiling. Another highlight are the Tunnel Falls - a series of potholes formed by the River Lyd eroding the rock away. View Full Details>>
Mardon Down5 miles (8 km)Climb to Mardon Down on Dartmoor and enjoy wonderful far reaching views over the surrounding area. The hill is also home to a fascinating set of ancient stone circles and covered with lots of interesting plants and flowers. It's a really pretty spot and well worth the challenging climb. View Full Details>>
Meldon Reservoir2 miles (3.5 km)Enjoy a waterside walk around this lovely reservoir on Dartmoor. The reservoir is surrounded by steep sided banks covered with trees and gorse bushes. There is also a spectacular dam with wonderful views over the West Okement valley. Parking is available at the eastern end of the reservoir but you could walk or cycle to the dam from nearby Okehampton using the Granite Way or the Dartmoor Way. It's a lovely two mile walk from the centre of Okehampton. View Full Details>>
Meldon Viaduct2 miles (3 km)This short walk visits Meldon Viaduct in the Dartmoor National Park. You'll pass through the lovely West Okement River Valley, enjoying views of Meldon Reservoir, Meldon Quarry and the remains of old lime kilns on the way. View Full Details>>
Newton Abbot8 miles (12.9 km)This attractive market town has a number of good options for walkers. To the east there are waymarked trails to follow along the River Teign to the beautiful estuary at Teignmouth. To the south there are nice trails to follow around Decoy Country Park, while to the west there are more riverside paths. View Full Details>>
Plym Valley Trail7 miles (12 km)This shared cycling and walking trail follows the old Plym Valley railway from Clearbrook to Saltram Park. The trail runs for a distance of about 7 miles along a fairly flat, traffic free path. Along the way there's nice views of the River Plym and the countryside of Bickleigh Vale. View Full Details>>
Plymbridge Woods4 miles (6 km)This is the delightful Plymbridge Woods family cycle trail. It runs alongs the trackbed of a disused railway line through oak woodland, with the River Plym by your side for part of the ride. It's largely flat and uses a well surfaced track so it's a nice safe ride for children or for anyone looking for an easy introduction to cycling. You'll pass a series of viaducts, a disused railway station and pretty bridges over the river. There's also an abundance of wildlife to look out for including butterflies, foxes and deer. Birdlife includes dipper, grey wagtail, little grebe, grebe, heron and kingfisher. From the Cann Viaductyou may also see peregrine falconsbreeding in the summer months. View Full Details>>
Postbridge Circular Walk5 miles (8 km)This nice circular walk takes you to some of the highlights around the village of Postbridge in the Dartmoor National Park. The route includes some moderate climbs with wonderful views over the East Dart Valley from the high points. There's also lovely waterside sections beside the East Dart River with some pretty waterfalls to see along the way. View Full Details>>
Princetown13 miles (21.5 km)The village of Princetown is a great base for exploring the Dartmoor National Park. It's notable as the highest settlement on the moor, and one of the highest in the United Kingdom. Two significant long distance trails run through the village and there is also the popular Two Bridges just to the north east. View Full Details>>
River Dart Country Park3 miles (5.5 km)This park is set in 90 acres, with lakes, parkland, woodland trails and a lovely waterside path along the River Dart. Other attractions in the park include the impressive Holne Park House with delightful grounds and the River Dart Adventures play area where children can clamber over space nets and swing through trees on jungle ropes! There is also an excellent cafe and restaurant for refreshments. View Full Details>>
River Teign Walk44 miles (71 km)This walk explores the beautiful Teign Valley, following the River Teign from its source on Dartmoor to Shaldon on the Devon coast. It's a splendid riverside trail with lots of pretty villages and great scenery to enjoy. View Full Details>>
Stover Country Park2 miles (3 km)Explore over 114 acres of woodland, heathland, grassland and lakes on this circular walk through the peaceful Stover Country Park, near Newton Abbot in Devon. The walk takes you around the delightful Stover Lake before following the canal outlet through the woodland. The park also includes the Ted Hughes Poetry Trail which takes in specially designed Poetry Posts each displaying a poem by Ted Hughes on a theme relating to wildlife of the natural world. View Full Details>>
Tavey Cleave and Hare Tor5 miles (7.5 km)This circular walk takes you to this lovely steep-sided valley of the River Tavy in the Dartmoor National Park. It's a delightful area with the rushing water and waterfalls of the river surrounded by interesting vegetation and several large tors. View Full Details>>
Tavistock Canal3 miles (4.5 km)Enjoy a peaceful stroll along the towpath of the Tavistock Canal on this easy walk in West Devon. The route starts at Tavistock Wharf and heads through the outskirts of the town towards Crowndale Farm, passing West Bridge on the way. You continue to the pretty Shillamill Aqueduct before finishing at Lumburn where the canal meets the River Lumburn. Along the way you will pass pretty locks, canalside cottages and old stone bridges. There are also sections through woodland and great views of the surrounding Devon countryside. View Full Details>>
Tavistock River Walk1 miles (1.5 km)Enjoy an easy stroll along the River Tavy on this short walk in the town of Tavistock. It's a lovely, surfaced path running along a rushing weir with old bridges to see on the way. The walk runs for about 1 mile along both sides of the river, from Abbey Bridge in the north to West Bridge in the south. View Full Details>>
Tavistock Viaduct1 miles (2 km)Enjoy a short walk above the town of Tavistock on the Tavistock Railway Viaduct. The disused Tavistock North station and associated railway line are now open to the public as a footpath and nature reserve. You can now walk across theviaductsthat overlook the town for a distance of just under 1 mile. From the elevated position there are great views over the rooftops of the town. View Full Details>>
Taw Teign Link6 miles (10 km)This short walk takes you through the beautiful Dartmoor National Park and links the Tarka Trail and Two Moors Way.The walk begins at Sticklepath and heads through South Zeal before climbing Ramsley Hill where you can enjoy fabulous views of Dartmoor View Full Details>>
Templer Way18 miles (29 km)Follow the Templer Way from Haytor on Dartmoor to the seaport of Teignmouth via Newton Abbot. The walk includes a wooded section through Yarner Woods near the route start and also visits the delightful Stover Country Park. With 14 acres of woodland, heathland, grassland, lake and marsh and a substantial variety of wildlife it is a real highlight on the walk. View Full Details>>
Trenchford and Tottiford Reservoir2 miles (4 km)Enjoy an easy walk around these two pretty reservoirs in the Dartmoor National Park. There are waterside walking trails running along the waters edge and then into surrounding woodland. The area is well signposted and there is seating and picnic area dotted around the walk. Look out for a variety of birdlife on the water and beautiful rhododendrons around the reservoir in the summer months. It's easy to extend your walk to Kennick Reservoir as this lies just to the north of Trenchford and Tottiford Reservoirs. View Full Details>>
Two Bridges Dartmoor Walk12 miles (19.4 km)This long circular walk explores some of the highlights around the Two Bridges on Dartmoor. On the walk you'll visit Wistman's Wood and enjoy climbs to Bellever Tor and Longaford Tor for great views over the area. The route runs for about 12 miles with some moderate climbs and a section along the Dartmoor Way long distance trail which runs through the area. View Full Details>>
Two Castles Trail24 miles (38 km)Follow the Two Castles trail from Devon into Cornwall and enjoy beautiful countryside, woodland and downland. The route starts at Okehampton castle and heads east through Sourton, Stowford, Lewtrenchard and Lifton to Launceston, finishing near Launceston castle. View Full Details>>
Two Moors Way90 miles (145 km)Travel from Ivybridge to Lynmouth through the Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks on this splendid walk through Devon and Somerset. The walk is generally not strenous taking you through tranquil moorland and the deep and wooded valleys of the moorland edges. View Full Details>>
Venford Reservoir1 miles (2 km)This walk takes you around the pretty Venford Reservoir on Dartmoor. It's a nice easy stroll with woodland sections and waterside trails to enjoy. Parking is available and there are picnic tables dotted around the lake. If you'd like to extend your walk you could climb Bench Tor to the north of the reservoir. From here you can enjoy splendid views of River Dart Valley. View Full Details>>
West Devon Way35 miles (57 km)Explore the western edge of the Dartmoor National Park on this walk through beautiful Devon. View Full Details>>
Widecombe in the Moor7 miles (10.6 km)This pretty village on Dartmoor has some lovely walks along the East Webburn River and challenging climbs to the surrounding Tors. View Full Details>>
Wistman's Wood4 miles (7 km)Enjoy a walk around this atmospheric forest and nature reserve in the Dartmoor National Park. It's an unusual place consisting of stunted oak trees with gnarled, tangled branches. There's also lots of spongy moss and over 100 types of lichen hanging from the branches. Other features include boulders covered with lichen and other trees such as rowan, holly,hawthorn,hazel and eared-willow. View Full Details>>
Yarner Woods2 miles (3.5 km)This large woodland area near Bovey Tracey is part of theEast Dartmoor Woods and Heaths National Nature Reserve. It's a great area for walking with miles of woodland paths to follow. The area is dominated by ancientoak but there are other species such asbirch,scots pine,larchandbeech. Other flora includes flowers such as cow-wheat and bilberry, and various Lichens and mosses. View Full Details>>
Yelverton Garden House2 miles (4 km)This walk takes you to the beautiful Garden House from Yelverton in the Dartmoor National Park. Located in Buckland Monachorum it is the perfect location for an afternoon stroll in simply stunning surroundings. View Full Details>>

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