Walks and Cycling

With so much to do and see within our beautiful county I thought it would be helpful to list some of the walks and cycle routes that other guests have enjoyed.

Winkliegh Woods

Winkleigh Woods ~ Dog Friendly

Bude Hill, Winkleigh, EX19 8LD

What3words address - dupe.salary.delays

Type of walk - Fairly flat, forest

What's here - Free parking (although limited), off lead areas, Pathed routes.


A straight forward round robin walk that can takes between 30 - 45 mins if you just want to do a circuit. You can make it longer by taking the paths which lead off left and right through the woodland.


Heywood Woods ~ Dog Friendly

What3words address - outreach.introduce.toolkit

Type of walk - Fairly flat, although a few steep inclines depending on which route you take. Forest and river walks.

What's here - Free Parking, off lead walks, circular pathed walks and walks through the forest or by the river or both!

About - A lovely forest walk with reasonably flat paths, a free car park and an the mound of an old castle. You can walk alongside the river Taw or swim if you're the dog. The forest has some wonderfully old Douglas firs from the original Eggesford Estate. A lovely walk.

Halsdon Nature Reserve ~ Dog Friendly

Near Dolton, EX19 8ND

What3words address - asleep.inflict.currently

Type of walk - Flat with some steep inclines - can get muddy. Walks along the river Torridge. Woodland

What's here - Limited parking (free), dogs can be off lead but under close control.

About - A Devon Wildlife Trust nature reserve, lovely woodland walk, can be steep in parts. Otters have been seen here. 

Trails weave down through woodland leading you to the banks and water meadows of the River Torridge. 

In the summer you can see Kingfishers and Sand Martins. In winter look for ducks including goosanders as they dive beneath the water’s surface to catch fish. All year round you have a chance of seeing otters – the riverside wildlife hide is the place to go and try your luck.

Morte Point to Bull Point (Seal Spotting) ~ Dog Friendly

Mortehoe Museum EX34 7DT

What3words address - narraring.snowboard.rushed

What's here - Coastal walk

About - Coastal walk

Park at the Mortehoe Museum, then walk through the village past the pub and cemetery and head out towards Morte Point. Be sure to look out for the seals which will can be seen hunting for fish at high tide or if the sun's out they can be seen sunning themselves on the rocks.

Follow the headland around to Rockham Bay which is a steep descent but well worth a visit. This is a dog friendly beach year round and the perfect spot for your dog to have a paddle and cool off. After a refreshing break on the beach continue onto Bull Point Lighthouse. At this point a track can be taken inland which leads back to the village or if you wish to stay near the sea, return via the route you came. Other walks in this area can be found on the National Trust Website

Cycle Routes

Lovely open countryside awaits you no matter which cycle route you take. With so much choice it would be impossible to list them all so here are just a few...

The Tarka Trail

The Tarka Trail is an entirely traffic-free 32 mile cycle trail which runs from Braunton to Meeth in North Devon. The flat and family-friendly trail travels through beautiful countryside, offering stunning views across the estuaries of the River Taw and Torridge with many picnic spots, cafes andPhoto by Gary Butterfield on Unsplash pubs along the route.

The trail also forms the northern part of the superb Devon Coast to Coast (National Cycle Network Route 27).

To download a map click on the link here

The Granite Way

The Granite Way is an absolutely stunning 11 mile almost traffic-free walking and cycling trail which runs along a disused railway line between Okehampton and Lydford. It is part of the Devon Coast to Coast (National Cycle Network Route 27).

The route provides an almost flat trail through the spectacular upland scenery of Dartmoor with magnificent views to the west as far as Bodmin Moor and the north Cornwall coast.

To download a map click on the link here

More walks and cycling routes will be added soon.....

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