Walking

 

West Devon is home to many popular walking routes suitable for all. From flat, short strolls to longer walks, whichever route you choose, Okehampton is truly a destination for walkers.  It forms the starting point for many short walks to the east and west of the town, weaving through the wooded valleys and revealing expansive views of Dartmoor, as well as being close to the highest points in the south of England for those looking for more of a challenge.

There are walks for everyone to experience and enjoy, from the energetic individual to perhaps someone who is physically impaired and requires wheelchair-friendly access.

Being keen walkers, we have a host of guide books and can provide you with maps and guides for a dayís walking, including short walks in the area, circular pub walks, and walks on Dartmoor.

 

 

 

 

The Granite Way

Ideal for walking onto Dartmoor in less than ideal weather conditions as it follows the old railway line, which is now used as a cycle/walking route. The Granite Way is an 11 mile cycle and walkway running along a former railway line between Okehampton and Lydford along the north western edge of Dartmoor.  A journey along the Granite Way offers good views of the granite landscape of Dartmoor.

 

 

 

 

The Tarka Trail

Following the East Okement, and the River Taw, delightful walking in the valley leads to some truly stunning views across the moor.  There are several circular routes using part of the trail, giving yet more fantastic views of the valleys, rivers and moors. The Tarka Trail is 180 miles long in a figure-of-eight in the northern part of Devon and follows in the footsteps of the character Tarka the Otter from Henry Williamsonís famous novel.  It is one of the countryís longest continuous traffic-free walking and cycling paths.  The Trail splits into 2 loops centred at Barnstaple and is a great way to explore the world class environment of North Devonís UNESCO Biosphere that stretches from Dartmoor to Lundy and Exmoor to Hartland.  A great variety of landscapes, including wooded river valleys, rugged moorland, coastal cliffs and sandy bays.

 

 

 

 

Two Castles Trail

24 miles between Okehampton and Launceston (just over the border in Cornwall) on the western side of Devon; the route is waymarked except where it crosses open moorland.  Apart from Okehampton and Launceston, the route also passes through a number of small villages. Moorland landscapes in the east, valleys in the west, all with a range of very wide views; the two Norman castles at Okehampton and Launceston, which give their name to the Trail, are passed, together with a variety of other historic sites. Generally easy walking with one or two short climbs.

 

 

 

 

West Devon Way

36 miles between Okehampton and Plymouth along the western edge of Dartmoor; the route is waymarked except where it crosses open moorland.  As well as Okehampton and Plymouth, also passes through Tavistock and a number of smaller settlements.  Superb landscapes of moorland, river valleys and pastoral scenery; good long-range views. Walking is generally not difficult.

 

 

 

Dartmoor Way

90 miles around Dartmoor; although theroute is not waymarked, it is generally reasonably easy walking. Passes through numerous small towns and villages, including Okehampton, Chagford, Moretonhampstead, Buckfastleigh, Princetown and Tavistock.  A variety of Dartmoor scenery, including wild upland, sheltered valleys and quiet lanes.

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

   

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