Summer walks in Devon and on Exmoor

Coastal views, hidden waterfalls, peaceful woodland and tranquil valleys await you this summer in Devon. Here's our pick of some of the best walking trails around the county.

The Whitelady Waterfall flowing into a pool below

Lydford Gorge Waterfall trail

Descend into the gorge to find the towering Whitelady Waterfall. Takes around an hour on mostly good paths with some uneven steps.

A ford in the Lorna Doone Valley

A short walk from Lorna Doone Farm to Cloud Farm

The Doone Valley has many walks to explore. This short and easy walk from Lorna Doone Farm along the river is peaceful and tranquil.

View of the parkland at Arlington Court, North Devon

Loxhore Cott and Webber's Wood walk at Arlington Court

Explore ancient woodland and parts of the area designated a wildlife reserve by Arlington Court's former owner, Miss Rosalie Chichester.

family with dog enjoying a walk

Heddon Valley coast walk

A short but challenging walk along the highest and most spectacular sea cliffs in England.

River Teign in autumn

Teign Gorge classic circuit

Follow the breathtaking Hunters Path high above the river Teign from the imposing bulk of Castle Drogo for chances to spot wildlife and stunning views.

The view over the lower garden and coast at Coleton Fishacre

125th anniversary trail

2020 is the 125th anniversary of the National Trust so to celebrate we've created a 1.25km walk around Coleton Fishacre garden. This accessible walk takes in woodlands and stretching sea views.

Plymbridge Woods, Devon

Woodland wander

Enjoy an easy meander alongside the River Plym through ancient woodland.

Discover the jagged rocks at Bolt Head

Bolt Head walk

Discover the dramatic coast around Salcombe, walking from East Soar to Bolt Head and then following the path back towards the Salcombe Estuary.

Visitors inside the Boat House at Greenway, Devon

Greenway Boathouse walk

Greenway garden drifts down the hillside to the edge of the River Dart, and this circular walking route takes you along the riverside. With stop-offs at viewpoints, the Boathouse quay and the Battery, it's a moderate walk with lots of opportunities for relaxation.

The Chapel at Killerton

Two Chapels Walk

This riverside walk takes around two hours, giving you time to enjoy both of Killerton's chapels, historic parkland and ancient woodland. It can be muddy in places so is unsuitable for pushchairs. The car park, garden, park and toilets at Killerton are open and you’ll need to book tickets before you visit.

A small white dog looks over Woolacombe at sunset

Kinever Valley to Bennett's Mouth

Discover a beautiful hidden cove on this stunning walk along the north Devon coast.

the parkland on a misty day

Knightshayes veteran and champion tree walk

Discover the champion trees which grow at Knightshayes on a walk through the garden, taking in redwoods, holly, sweet chestnut, the tallest redwood in Devon and the biggest turkey oak in the UK.

The view over the Salcombe estuary from the house and garden at Overbeck's, Devon.

East Soar to Overbeck's walk

This trail leads you along the runway of what used to be RAF Bolt Head to Overbeck's, with panoramic views of the South Hams coast and countryside. Please be aware you'll need to book ahead of your visit.

Which places are open and what you need to know before you visit 

You'll find lots of places open now - over 40 houses, 135 gardens and parks, and hundreds of coastal and countryside sites. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends and bank holidays. Please check the property webpage of the place you wish to visit before you travel. Read this article to find out how to book and what to expect from your visit.

Places to visit in the South West 

Find out which other gardens and outdoor spaces we care for in the South West are open by county, and how to book to visit.