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Devon vs Cornwall - The Ramblers' Top West Country Walks

We take a look at the best of the West... By The Ramblers
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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
© Martin Abegglen

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
© 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
© Nilfanion

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
© 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
© 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 hour 20 minutes
Difficulty: Moderate
© 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
© 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 »

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