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East Devon Circular Walking Routes

To date our route guides have covered cycling routes and dog walking routes. In the following guide we’ve put together a collection of circular walking routes through some picturesque scenery.

Many of the routes intersect with some of Devon’s many public footpaths, giving you the flexibility whilst rambling. With Devon being home to some 3,200 miles of footpaths, bridleways and byways, travelling off the beaten track is far easier than you might think – just keep an eye out for the signs.

We’ve tried to select walking routes with all ages and abilities in mind and have graded our routes based on their difficulty. The routes start / end point is marked linked to within a given routes ‘coordinates’.

Difficulty Rating:
Short Stroll: walking-boot
Mid-Length Jaunt: walking-bootwalking-boot
Steeper Climbs: walking-bootwalking-bootwalking-boot

Woodbury Common circular route

Park up at Woodbury Castle and follows the road down to Woodbury village, there is also a track alternative which also starts by the car park too. We’ve marked the Maltsters Arms as a half way stop off point. Ramblers can expect excellent views of the Exe Estuary from the start / end point from the car park (pictured below).


Route: 4.2 miles
Estimated time: 2hrs 30mins
Coordinates: 50.67655, -3.37074 (Google Maps)
Difficulty: walking-bootwalking-boot

Colaton Raleigh Common circular route

A circular heathland walk, ramblers can park up slightly east of Woodbury Castle (an Iron Age hill fort) and walk through the former Neolithic landscape, with open views to the Jurassic Coast on a clear day. England isn’t home to savannahs – but this comes close.

Route: 5.8 miles
Estimated time: 2hrs 45mins
Coordinates: 50.67655, -3.37074 (Google Maps)
Difficulty: walking-boot


Newton Poppleford & River Otter Circular

A lovely walk through orchards, hamlets and along the River Otter to the Old Mill at Tipton St John. Wind your way back along the river and perhaps stop in at the Golden Lion pub (marked on the interactive map).

Route: 10 miles
Estimated time: 4hrs mins
Coordinates: 50.71836, -3.28857 (Google Maps)
Difficulty: walking-bootwalking-bootwalking-boot

Fire Beacon Hill circular route

This walk has many fine views both of Sidbury and towards the sea at Sidmouth. There are two steep hills, one ascent and one descent, but the route is not beyond the capabilities of an average walker. The Bowd Inn makes the perfect pre/post stop off point.

Route: 6.8 miles
Estimated time: 3hrs 15mins
Coordinates: 50.70262, -3.26529 (Google Maps)
Difficulty: walking-bootwalking-boot

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