BEST WALKS IN DARTMOOR NATIONAL PARK, DEVON
For a heady shot of invigorating country air and instant perspective on your surroundings, Easdon Tor, a rock-topped hill which is a 10-minute walk from Moorland View. At the top, there are 360-degree views of Dartmoor, wild horses and birds of prey.
One of Dartmoor's most spectacular riverside walks, this two-hour round-trip (pictured) follows a forested gorge from fairytale Castle Drogo and ending at the traditional Fingle Bridge Inn, overlooking the river. In spring, the woodlands here are carpeted with bluebells and daffodils.
One of the most complete examples of the moor’s prehistoric settlements, Grimspound is a stone enclosure littered with the leavings of 24 Bronze Age roundhouses. The eerie setting inspired Sherlock Holmes' classic, the Hound of the Baskervilles.
NORTH BOVEY TO BOVEY CASTLE
This flat, easy 20 minute walk traces the crystal-clear River Bovey, through wild-flower woodlands and across stone bridges. The castle's 250-acre estate has rose gardens, elegant lakes and well-kept lawns. Take your membership card for discounts on food, drink and spa treatments.
The jumble of boulders that make up Hound Tor provides one of the most easily accessible and expansive viewpoints in Dartmoor. You'll see the rocky peaks of several other tors here and views of moorland villages. Just southeast of the tor are the remains of a medieval village.
There are few places as romantic as the top of craggy Brent Tor, where the tiny parish church of The Church of St Michel de Rupe sits pretty and gives way to spectacular views. Surrounding the tor are Iron Age earthworks and the remnants of a hill fort.
NORTH BOVEY TO LUSTLEIGH
Strike out on this beautiful two-hour walk, taking in gorgeous views, a Roman fort and the magical woodland glen of Lustleigh Cleave, with two-story high boulders. A thatched pub, The Cleave, awaits you at the end, with cream teas, delicious meals and real ales.
A vestige of the prehistoric dwarf oak trees that used to cover Dartmoor, Wistman's Wood has probably occupied this lonely spot near Two Bridges for 6,000 years. The gnarly ancient oak trees rise from mossy boulders, with branches festooned in ferns and lichen.
SOUTH WEST COASTAL PATH
Britain’s longest footpath traces the north and south coasts of Devon, offering access to wild and windswept cliffs, secluded sandy coves and tiny hamlets. Our favourite section (and the most dramatic) is from Bolt Tail to Bolt Head, near Salcombe.
You'll find details on all these walk, and others, in the cottage ...