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Devon Vs Cornwall - The Ramblers' Top West Country Walks

We take a look at the best of the west...

The South West of England is renowned for some of the best walking routes in the country. From pretty harbourside walks to cliff-side rambles along dramatic stretches of coastline, we’ve worked with walking experts, the Ramblers, to bring you seven of the best walks in the West.


Bedruthan, The Devil's Steps - Cornwall

Length: 10.7 miles Walking Time: 5 hours 30 minutes Difficulty: Moderate

Cornish Coastline

©Martin Abegglren

Starting point: Mawgan Porth Beach

This linear walk takes you past seven perfect sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs with distinctive marine flora. Long stretches of this exceptionally beautiful coast remain wild and unspoilt and you’ll be treated to picture-postcard coves.

 

Get route information and maps for The Devil’s Steps Walk, Cornwall


Musbury Castle Circular - Devon

Length: 4.4 miles Walking Time: 2 hours 30 minutes Difficulty: Moderate

Devon Countryside

©Derek Harper

Starting point: Musbury Car Park

 

This route takes you along stretches of the East Devon Way, treating you to incredible views over the Axe Valley and across the English Channel. Take time to stop and admire the church of St Michael and Musbury Castle, an Iron Age hill fort.

 

Get route information and maps for the Musbury Castle Circular Walk, Devon


Saltash, Trematon & Trevollard - Cornwall

Length: 4 miles Walking Time: 2 hours Difficulty: Easy

Railway Bridge Cornwall

©Nifanion

Starting point: Latchbrook Cottages, Saltash

 

A circular walk along lanes, field paths and through meadows and woods with beautiful river views. A highlight of the route is a swamp, which on a hot day takes on a semi-tropical atmosphere and is packed full of interesting wildlife.

 

Get route information and maps for the Saltash walk, Cornwall


Bowerman's Nose, Tor Stories - Devon

Length: 10 miles Walking Time: 5 hours 30 minutes Difficulty: Moderate

Stacked stones

©Mark A Coleman

Starting point: Widecombe-in-the-Moor Village Green

 

Starting at the quintessential Dartmoor village of Widecome-in-the-Moor, this route takes you up the high hills encircling it to a series of spectacular viewpoints extending across the whole of Devon. Look out for prehistoric hut circles, menhirs and stone rows.

 

Get route information and maps for the Bowerman’s Nose walk, Devon


Truro - Cornwall

Length: 4 miles Walking Time: 6 hours 30 minutes Difficulty: Leisurely

Truro Cathedral

©Tim Green

Starting point: Truro Cathedral

 

Starting from the grand Truro Cathedral, this route takes you on a scenic tour of the historic city of Truro. You won’t be contained to the city alone, with some beautiful countryside walking and a stretch along the western bank of the River Truro.

 

Get route information and maps for the Truro walk, Cornwall

 


Historic Hidden Haytor, Dartmoor - Devon

Length: 2.8 miles Walking Time: 1 hours 20 minutes Difficulty: Moderate

Dartmoor

©Brett Sutherland & Paul Hutchinson

Starting point: Haytor Visitor Information Centre car park

 

A gentle and varied walk stepping back in time to look at long forgotten industries and transport systems. Learn more about the Haytor Granite Tramway and Haytor quarries, as well as enjoying the lovely moorland of Dartmoor.

 

Get route information and maps for the History Hidden Haytoor walk, Devon

 


Circular Walk From Looe To Polperro - Cornwall

Length: 9.3 miles Walking Time: 3 hours Difficulty: Leisurely

Cornish Coastline

©Robin Hawkes

Starting point: Looe Railway Station

 

This walk takes you along the picturesque and rugged coastline for five miles to Polperro, once a busy harbour popular with smugglers, now a tourist destination. You’ll return to Looe inland along a bridleway and minor roads.

 

Get route information and maps for the Circular Walk from Looe to Polperro, Cornwall


 

In Partnership With The Ramblers

 

The Ramblers is Britain’s largest organisation for walkers with over 100,000 members across England, Scotland and Wales.