The Best Walks and Hikes in North Devon

The Best Walks and Hikes in North Devon

North Devon is a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. With its stunning coastal scenery, rolling countryside, and picturesque villages, there’s no shortage of beautiful walks and hikes. North Devon Resort in Ilfracombe is a perfect base for exploring the region’s diverse landscapes. Here are some of the best walks and hikes in North Devon that you shouldn’t miss: 

The South West Coast Path – Ilfracombe to Woolacombe 

The South West Coast Path is one of the most iconic long-distance trails in the UK, and the stretch from Ilfracombe to Woolacombe is exceptionally breathtaking. This 10-mile hike takes you along rugged cliffs, serene valleys, and past golden beaches. 

Highlights include the dramatic views from Morte Point and the expansive sands of Woolacombe Beach. This walk is moderately challenging, with some steep climbs and descents, but the stunning coastal scenery makes every step worth it. 

Exmoor National Park – Heddon Valley and Woody Bay 

Exmoor National Park is a gem of North Devon, offering a variety of walks for all abilities. The Heddon Valley and Woody Bay walk combines lush woodland, dramatic coastline, and the tranquil Heddon River. 

This 4.5-mile circular route starts at the National Trust car park in Heddon Valley and follows the river to the sea before ascending to Woody Bay. The return journey offers panoramic views of the Bristol Channel, and this moderately easy walk is perfect for families and casual hikers. 

Tarka Trail – Braunton to Barnstaple

For those who prefer a more leisurely pace, the Tarka Trail offers a flat, easy route through the heart of North Devon. The section for Braunton to Barnstaple is a 6-mile stretch along a disused railway line, providing a smooth path ideal for walking and cycling. The trail meanders along the River Taw, offering lovely views of the estuary and plenty of opportunities for wildlife spotting. It’s an excellent choice for a relaxed day out, with cafes and picnic spots along the way. 

Valley of the Rocks – Lynton and Lynmouth Circular Walk 

Near Lynton and Lynmouth, the Valley of the Rocks is a striking landscape of jagged rock formations and sweeping sea views. This circular walk from Lynton to Lynmouth via the Valley of the Rocks is about 4 miles and combines dramatic coastal scenery with the charm of these twin villages. The path includes the famous Cliff Railway, a unique water-powered funicular that links the two villages. With some steep sections, this walk is relatively easy and offers plenty of photo opportunities. 

Baggy Point – Circular Walk from Croyde 

Baggy Point, near Croyde, is a headland offering spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and the North Devon coastline. The circular walk from Croyde to Baggy Point is a 3-mile route that is accessible and family-friendly. The path takes you along coastal cliffs with stunning views towards Lundy Island and Morte Point. It’s a relatively easy walk, with a well-maintained path and gentle gradients, making it perfect for a stroll. 

North Devon Resort is the perfect base for tackling some of these walks and discovering the best of the region. Book your stay today. Click here to check availability and book now. Alternatively, you can call our team at 01271 623 130 or email

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