Long Distance Walkers Association The Devonshire Heartland Way runs between Okehampton and the village of Stoke Canon, just north of Exeter. A west-to-east route across pastoral Devon, starting with Dartmoor backdrops, it uses ancient footpaths, bridleways and some minor roads the route takes in Sampford Courtenay, North Tawton, where it links with the Tarka Trail, Down St Mary, where it links with the Two Moors Way; Colebrooke, Yeoford and Crediton before finishing at Stoke Canon. The logo for the trail has a Spindle Berry Flower on it. You should be able to see many growing in the hedgerows en-route.

https://www.ldwa.org.uk/ldp/members/show_path.php?path_name=Devonshire+Heartland+Way 

Travel Wessex The Devon Heartland Way 43 miles of pastoral countryside with the profile of Dartmoor in the background and fairly easy walking, but a couple of steady climbs. This waymarked route links Okehampton with the Exe Valley.

The Devon Heartland Way starts at Okehampton Station which is handy. Here we are on the edge of mysterious Dartmoor. The trail follows the valley of the East Okement river and crosses peaceful countryside.

http://www.travelwessex.com/Devon-Heartland-Way.html 

Visit Mid Devon The Devonshire Heartland Way is an inland route for walkers, which is approximately 45 miles in length. It mainly uses ancient footpaths and bridleways and, in some places, minor country roads. This walk can be made shorter and joined at any point along route. For the benefit of readability, we have broken the route down into three sections: Okehampton to North Tawton, North Tawton to Crediton, and Crediton to Stoke Canon. Waymarkers displaying the Spindle Berry Flower are found along the route.

Walkers can make the most of connections to the Tarka Trail long distance footpath at North Tawton, the Two Moors Way long distance footpath at Colebrooke, or the Tarka Railway Line at Yeoford, Newton St Cyres or Crediton.

Accommodation, attractions and eateries can be found at points all along the route including the simple and quite unique church of St Mary’s at Honeychurch, The Waie Inn, Down St Mary Vineyard, Shobrooke Park, The Duck at Yeoford and Crediton Parish Church as well as the many shops and eateries in the market towns of North Tawton and Crediton.

https://www.visitmiddevon.co.uk/visit-mid-devon-walking-routes/devonshire-heartland-way/ 

This newly constructed cycle trail offers an almost entirely traffic-free, wonderfully level route which forms part of the South Coast NCN No.2.

The trail takes you right around the Exe Estuary from Dawlish to Exmouth, passing through the pretty villages of Starcross, Topsham and Lympstone to name a few.  The estuary is of international importance for wintering waders and wildfowl, supporting 1000’s of birds.  RSPB reserves near Topsham and Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve offer some of the best opportunities to view wildlife along the estuary. 

https://www.exploredevon.info/activities/cycle/exe-estuary-trail/

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This route from the Exe Estuary to the steeply wooded valleys on Exmoor follows, for the most part, quiet country lanes and footpaths along the Exe valley through Bickleigh, Tiverton and Bampton, Exebridge, Dulverton, Hawkridge and Withypool, then leaving the Exe Valley to reach Exford to which the Exe flows from its source at Exe Head. Mostly valley scenery, ranging from the broad estuary through pastoral landscapes and narrower, heavily-wooded valleys to open moorland landscapes.

An additional described section links Withypool to the source of the Exe to make a 'source to sea' route using the Two Moors Way (TMW), north, to Simonsbath, then following the TMW waymarkers for about another 3km/2miles high up on to the moor to Exe Head. Exe Head is the source of the River Exe, an area of marshy ground high up on Dure Down.

https://www.ldwa.org.uk/ldp/members/show_path.php?path_name=Exe+Valley+Way

Eight circular routes around the city, making one full 26.2 mile marathon distance.

The Exeter COSY Route project is a community wellbeing and dementia awareness initiative created for Exeter Dementia Action Alliance to signpost people of all abilities to routes on the edge of the city where they can walk and run.

From its roots in an ancient Greek battle to mass participation events around the world, the marathon length of 26.2-miles is a distance that capture’s the imagination. Perfect for Exeter’s unique COSY route – COSY being an acronym for circle of somewhere yours as that’s what it is.

The full circle will take you to every compass and hill viewpoint around Exeter, following footpaths, quiet lanes, field tracks, over stiles, through woodland, paved roads, some busier parts of the city, along its suburban fringe and into neighbouring village communities.

You’ll cross the river and canal, go under and over the M5 motorway, step over both the Exeter to London rail lines, and pass churches, pubs, schools, and local businesses.

Whether you take on this challenge over months, weeks, days or in one strenuous go, you’ll see the city as never before, and complete a marathon in doing so.

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This walk includes Devon Wildlife Trust's headquarters at Cricklepit Mill with its riverside garden. a walk through the outskirts of Exeter from the lively Quay area along the canal to the quiet of the Old Sludge Beds nature reserve.

The walk follows tracks and pathways and is around six miles in length so will provide a good afternoon's stroll.

The route offers tranquil stop-off points in the heart of the city, good views of the river as it winds its way to the sea and some great opportunities to spot the many wild birds and wetland creatures that make the River Exe their home.

Starts: Exeter Quay

Length: 6 miles

Highlights:

  • Water birds on the River Exe and Exeter Ship Canal
  • Open spaces of Riverside Valley Park
  • Dragonflies and warblers at DWT Old Sludge Beds nature reserve

https://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/sites/default/files/2018-02/River%20Exe%20Wild%20Walk.pdf 

Starts: 2 miles north of Exmouth

Length: 6 miles

Highlights:

  • Dragonflies, butterflies and woodland birds of DWT Bystock Pools nature reserve
  • Heather and heathland birds on the East Devon Pebbled Heaths
  • Historic village of East Budleigh.

https://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/sites/default/files/2021-01/Discover%20the%20Bystock%20Pools%20nature%20reserve%20with%20our%20wild%20walk%20guide.pdf 

Starts: 3 miles north of Holsworthy

Length: 4 miles

Highlights:

  • Orchids and butterflies of DWT Dunsdon nature reserve
  • Walk along the historic Bude Canal
  • Wildflowers and ponds of DWT Vealand Farm nature reserve

https://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/sites/default/files/2018-01/Dunsdon%20Wild%20Walk%206-2-12.pdf 

Starts: 2 miles east of Bovey Tracey

Length: 4.5 miles

Highlights:

  • Heather and heathland birds at DWT Bovey Heathfield nature reserve
  • Dragonflies and peaceful ponds at DWT Little Bradley Ponds nature reserve
  • Butterflies and heathland birds at DWT Chudleigh Knighton Heath nature reserve

https://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/sites/default/files/2018-02/Bovey%20basin%20Wild%20Walk%2015-10-12.pdf 

A Dartmoor classic

This Wild Walk includes one of Devon's most beautiful woodlands, riverbank footpaths along the Teign Valley and open moorland with panoramic views.

Approx time: 3.5 hours

Approx distance: 7.5 miles

Start: Steps Bridge car park, near DWT Dunsford nature reserve.

https://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/sites/default/files/2018-07/Dunsford%20Wild%20Walk%20A4%202pp.pdf 

A Torridge and Tarka Trail trek

This Wild Walk includes one of DWT's most popular nature reserves, walking through Halsdon's oak woodland and along the River Torridge. The walk also takes in Beaford Wood, the landscaped parkland of the Heanton Satchville estate, a section of the Tarka Trail and two crossings over the Torridge.

Approx time: 4.5 hours

Approx distance: 8 miles

Start: Ashwell car park, DWT Halsdon nature reserve.

https://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/sites/default/files/2018-07/Halsdon%20Wild%20Walk%20A4%202pp.pdf 

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