Local Walks and Cycling


With some of the best views in the county and a fantastic network of footpaths, the best way to see the glorious countryside of South Devon and Dartmouth is on foot.

Walks in Dartmouth take in much of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so you can wander for miles, take a gentle stroll, walk with the family or walk with the dog. The miles of footpaths and walking routes in the area make Dartmouth the ideal place for walkers all year round.

The South West Coast Path

If you are a keen walker or hiker, you will love the South West Coast path, covering 630 miles of unique coastline walks, it runs right through Dartmouth and across the surrounding countryside and coastline. The coastline in South Devon and Dartmouth has to be seen to be believed – its coves and hills make for some dramatic views.

The surrounding Dartmouth countryside is part of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which has over 40 walks ranging from 2 – 12miles.

The best bit about walks in Dartmouth and South Devon is discovering the towns and villages along the way – where you can pop in for some mild refreshments – or a pint of local ale by the fire!

New for 2022: SWCPA has launched its Stamping Point Passport. As you follow the coast path find over 100 points to stamp your Passport. When you get to Dartmouth you can collect the stamp for Discover Dartmouth at The Flavel and enjoy your choice from a great menu.

Inspiring Walks for Everyone

If long walks aren’t your thing there are lots of shorter town walks through Dartmouth that will allow you to explore the history and heritage of this beautiful town.

Set the Pace

Walks in Dartmouth are a free and healthy activity and no matter what the season there is always something to see.

So grab your walking boots, get out and explore our spectacular countryside.


Are you looking for a holiday where you can ride your bicycle? Cycling in Dartmouth and its surrounding areas offer plenty of routes and difficulties to choose from. Cycling is a wonderful way to enjoy the stunning natural scenery that Dartmouth and South Devon have to offer, along the coast and in the countryside.

From adrenaline-inducing mountain biking, endurance road cycling or family friendly routes, Dartmouth and its surrounding areas offer a natural and beautiful setting to explore by bicycle.

Cycling is an exhilarating way to really explore the Devon countryside and is a good way to keep active whilst you are holidaying, relax and enjoy the scenery as you cruise by or challenge yourself through the Devon hills and lanes.

Cycle Trails

The nearest cycle trails to Dartmouth are in Totnes, with the Dart Valley Cycle Way. Starting in Totnes, you can cycle for 7 miles alongside the River Dart in a loop – taking in the beautiful riverside scenery, soak up the beautiful Devon countryside and keep an eye out for all the local wildlife.

Over the River Dart to the English Riviera, there are safe and family friendly cycle paths along the coastline, perfect for a full day out for the whole family. Paignton is also home to a velopark – suitable for those wanting to learn and even seasoned professionals.

A bit further away is Haldon Forest on the edge of Exeter. Haldon Forest has many forest pathways to choose from that are good for family friendly cycling – and bikes can be hired on site.