THE COUNTRYSIDE CODEwebsite The Countryside Code (pdf leaflet)website Respect other people: consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors
leave gates and property as you find them
follow paths unless wider access is available
Protect the natural environment: leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home
keep dogs under effective control
Enjoy the outdoors: plan ahead and be prepared
follow advice and local signs
Towards the end of the 12th century a 'large waste called The Common' was given to the people of Torrington. In 1889 the rights to this land were transferred, by an act of parliament, to an elected Committee of Conservatorswebsite. They now administer 365 acres of land surrounding the town on all but the eastern side. The area is freely accessible to all and visitors can walk the 20 miles of footpaths, ranging from Great Torrington Golf Course in the north, ancient wood and wild flower meadow in the west and dropping down to the beautiful river Torridge valley to the south of the town. There is access from the Tarka Trail for walkers.
Walks & Mapswebsite The commons have more than twenty miles of footpaths. Many of the paths have wonderful names from the descriptive Sliding Rock to the mysterious Barmaid's Path. The paths are of varying levels of ruggedness from tarmacked and suitable for wheelchairs to others which are stony and need to be navigated with care.
Volunteerswebsite We have a group of volunteers known as Friends of the Commons. They help keep the commons safe and clean. Friends can give as much or as little time as they can afford, performing jobs from litter picking to larger jobs like cutting and clearing. If you would like to join the Friends of the Commons and volunteer some of your time, please call for more information.
365 SUPPORTERS GROUPwebsite Membership keeps the Commons special. Great Torrington Commons is managed by a small group of staff, a board of volunteer trustees, a group of volunteers known as 'Friends' of the Commons, and a group of volunteers that help the Ranger with various duties throughout the seasons. We are a registered charity, relying on donations, grants & funds, and proceeds from our fundraising events. Managing the Commons and keeping the environment safe costs money.
We have created a membership programme called 365 Supporters Group. By joining us and paying just £2 per month, you can help us to maintain and improve the Commons. Above all, you will help us to preserve the wild and natural beauty of the Commons, while keeping it accessible to all.
365 Supporter membership card. The membership card can be used to get a discount in certain shops in Great Torrington. The list of shops is growing. To sign your business up to the scheme contact us.
BBC DEVON WALKSwebsite Ilfracombewebsite Hartlandwebsite Hatherleigh to Iddesleighwebsite Lorna Doone countrywebsite Lundywebsite Mortehoewebsite South Moltonwebsite The Two Moors Way: coast to coastwebsite Torringtonwebsite Westward Ho!websiteBraunton Burrows Public Information (Facebook)website See which zone the cattle are in if you want to avoid cows with your dog.
British Walks - Walks in Devonwebsite a total of 474.6 miles in 31 Devon walks (an average of 15.3 miles per walk)
Chulmleigh Walkswebsite Walk 1website or
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pdf formatCombe Walks Self-Guided Bookletswebsite Self Guided Walks and Cycle Routes in North Devon and Exmoor
Croyde Cyclewebsite Maps and information for walking and cycling in North Devon
DEFRA COUNTRY WALKSwebsite NATURAL ENGLAND's role with National Parks in Englandwebsite Arlington - near Barnstaplewebsite Bampfield Farm - near Goodleighwebsite Borough Farm - near Barnstaplewebsite Bradford Manor Farm - near Holsworthywebsite Brockenbarrow Farm - near Parracombewebsite Buckpitt and Hayne Farms - near Hatherleighwebsite Challacome Common - near Parracombewebsite Chapel Hill - near Brauntonwebsite Cheristow Farm - near Hartlandwebsite Coham - near Hatherleighwebsite Crooked Oak - near South Moltonwebsite Damage Barton - near Barnstaplewebsite Dart Raffe A - near Witheridgewebsite Dart Raffe B - near Witheridgewebsite Dart Raffe C - near Witheridgewebsite Dennington Hill - near Swimbridgewebsite East Combe Farm - near Bamptonwebsite East Hole - near Holsworthywebsite Hartland Abbey - near Hartlandwebsite Higher Ash Town Farm - near Rose Ashwebsite Higher Westland Farm, Kentisburywebsite Hole Brook - near Hatherleighwebsite Horsey Island - near Brauntonwebsite Indicknowle - near Combe Martinwebsite Kingsnympton Park - near South Moltonwebsite Land at Woolacombe Downwebsite Little Dart Raffe - near Witheridgewebsite Lower Brownsham Farm - near Hartlandwebsite Lower Viveham - near Barnstaplewebsite Luttrell Farm - near Bamptonwebsite Maddox Down - near Barnstaplewebsite Middle Spreacombe - near Brauntonwebsite Milford Farm - near Hartlandwebsite Plaistow Bunglow - near Barnstaplewebsite Rectory Fields - near Combe Martinwebsite Simpson Barton - near Holsworthywebsite South Stroxworthy Barton - near Bidefordwebsite Speccott Barton - near Great Torringtonwebsite Tordown Farm - near Swimbridgewebsite West Ashford Barton - near BarnstaplewebsiteDevon Callingwebsite Walk at Hartland Quaywebsite Walk part of the Tarka Trail at EggesfordwebsiteEggesford Gardenswebsite Garden Centre, Shop and Restaurant.
Set in the heart of the mid-Devon countryside, Eggesford Garden and Country Centre is a great place to visit - even if you are not a keen gardener. The Gardens Restaurant serves a great choice of hot and cold meals, snacks and beverages. Eggesford Garden Centre is a good starting point if you are planning a walk in the area as we are on the edge of the Eggesford Forest and the Tarka Trail. We have plenty of car parking and, best of all for the weary walker, refreshments in the Garden Restaurant.
Exmoor National Parkwebsite
Exmoor National Park - Walkingwebsite Exmoor National Park - Exmoor Walking Mapwebsite Exmoor National Park - Out and About Essentialswebsite Exmoor National Park - Rights Of Waywebsite To help you explore Exmoor with confidence, Ordnance Survey have teamed up with Simon King to film these excellent videos on being prepared for Exmoor walking.
.... How to choose the right ordinance survey map .... Understanding map symbols .... Learn about contour lines .... Understanding grid references .... Know your compass .... How to use a compass .... Be prepared for your walk website Explore Brauntonwebsite Explore Braunton Downloadable Walks Leafletswebsite
Explore Devon. Walkingwebsite Did you know that if you walked every day for a year in Devon, you would never have to walk the same path twice? Well known for its mild climate, unspoilt beauty, peace and tranquillity, there is over 3500 miles of footpaths and trails waiting to be discovered.
Five rewarding walks around Leewebsite
1. Village Walkwebsite 3/4 hr
A short walk exploring the fragrances and textures of the village and its gardens
2. Smuggler's Pathwebsite 1½ hrs
A short walk exploring some of the places and legends surrounding Lee's smuggling past
3. Woodland Walkwebsite 1-2 hrs
A medium length circular walk exploring the wooded hills and valleys surrounding Lee
4. Coast and Countrywebsite 2 hrs
A longer walk through the hills and valleys around Lee, returning via the coastal path.
5. Clifftop, Gorse and Heatherwebsite 3 hrs.+
A harder walk over coastal heathlands via Damage Barton and Bull Point Lighthouse.
Galsham Farm, Hartland. Surrounding Areawebsite
Pictures of the perfect location
Hartland Peninsulawebsite A Walker's Paradise
.... The Harton Borough Heritage Walkwebsite .... The Parkland Heritage Walkwebsite .... The Northern Heritage Walkwebsite .... The Coastal Heritage WalkwebsiteHome Place Walks Guidewebsite
Walks with Video Hunters Inn and Woody Baywebsite 6 miles
Porlock Weir & Bossingtonwebsite 6 miles
Cow Castle & Picked Stoneswebsite 7.5 miles
Simonsbath to Praywaywebsite 3.5 miles
The Doone Valley walkwebsite 8 miles
Rockford & Brendon Commonwebsite 6 miles
Ilfracombe to Hele Baywebsite 3 miles
Valley of Rockswebsite 2.5 miles
Croyde to Sauntonwebsite 3 miles
Hunters Inn to Trentishoewebsite 3 miles
Lynmouth to Hillsfordwebsite 7.5 miles
Bull and Morte Pointswebsite 5 miles
Challacombe Churchwebsite 2.5 miles
Winsford to Bridgetownwebsite 5 miles
Great Hangmanwebsite 6 miles
Tarr Steps to Withypoolwebsite 8 miles
Dulverton to Brushfordwebsite 5 miles
Exford to Room Hillwebsite 7 miles
The Prehistoric Chainswebsite 6 miles
Dulverton to Marsh Bridgewebsite 3.5 miles
Arlington Court. near Barnstaple website Intriguing Regency house and impressive horse-drawn vehicles
.... Walking on the Arlington estate website
Baggy Point. Croyde website The impressive headland at Croyde with crashing waves and dramatic cliffs
.... Our walks website
Bideford Bay and Hartland website Miles of unspoilt coastline that inspired Rudyard Kipling
Running and walking routes around Bideford Bay and Hartland website
Heddon Valley. Barnstaple website Towering cliffs, coves and a wooded valley within Exmoor National Park
.... Walks around Heddon Valley website
Lundy Island website Unspoilt island, home to a fascinating array of wildlife amidst dramatic scenery
.... Walking trail website
Mortehoe. Woolacombe website Gateway to a wild, remote coast with a rich history of wrecking and smuggling. Amazing walking, wildlife and sunbathing seals.
.... Things to see and do website
Watersmeet. Lynmouth website Dramatic river gorge, ancient woodlands, tea garden and shop in stunning surroundings
.... Walks around Watersmeet website
Woolacombe website Spectacular coastline of cliff, coves, beaches, dunes and headlands
.... Walks around Woolacombe website
Dunsland. Holemoor, Nr Holsworthy website A grand Parkland abundant in wildlife and with over 900 years of history
Finch Foundry. Okehampton website The last working water-powered forge in England
Knightshayes. Tiverton website Discover Knightshayes, a country estate on a grand, gothic scale
The Hunters Inn, Heddon Valley Walkswebsite
We are famous for our captivating & exhilarating country walks which vary from relaxing to exhausting! We have walking maps available at the bar which will help you plan your adventures from the inn.
Lynton & Lynmouth Walkers are Welcomewebsite Located on the stunning North Devon coast and surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of Exmoor National Park, it's easy to see the appeal of Lynton & Lynmouth as a top walking holiday destination
Marwood Hill Gardenswebsite
20 acres of beautiful gardens and three lakes in a valley setting with Plant Centre and Garden Tea Room.
Pet Shop 2Go website Pet products, supplies and accessories for dogs, cats and small animals. Secure online ordering, fast UK shipping.
Public Rights of Waywebsite Devon County Council
As the Highway Authority for Devon, the County Council is responsible for 3,200 miles (4,960km) of public rights of way.
South West Coast Pathwebsite
Come to the beach anywhere in the South West of England, turn left or right and you'll be on the South West Coast Path and on the edge of an amazing experience. Where else can you walk along 630 miles of such superb coastline which makes up the longest National Trail in the UK? The heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery along the way are truly inspirational and every day walking it brings stunning new experiences.
Minehead to Westward Ho! (Exmoor and North Devon) 87 miles Crossing the rugged high moors and woods of Exmoor National Park before passing the surf beaches of Woolcombe and then around the sheltered Taw and Torridge Estuary.
Minehead to Porlock Weirwebsite 9 miles
Porlock Weir to Lynmouthwebsite 12 miles
Lymouth to Combe Martinwebsite 13 miles
Combe Martin to Woolacombewebsite 13 miles
Woolacombe to Brauntonwebsite 15 miles
Braunton to Instowwebsite 13 miles
Instow to Westward Ho! (via Bideford)website 11 miles
Westward Ho! to Padstow (Hartland and North Cornwall coast) 78 miles Considered by many as the toughest, but one of the most spectacular weeks of the walk. South of Hartland Point the coastline has been shaped by the full force of the Atlantic resulting in dramatic cliffs and a switch back of hills and valleys to cross.
Westward Ho! to Clovellywebsite 11 miles
Clovelly to Hartland Quaywebsite 10 miles
Hartland Quay to Budewebsite 15 miles
Bude to Crackington Havenwebsite 10 miles
Crackington Haven to Tintagelwebsite 11 miles
Tintagel to Port Isaacwebsite 9 miles
Port Isaac to Padstowwebsite (river crossing)12 miles
Stephen and Lucy's Websitewebsite
A lot of walking in lots of places. Magnificent photos My walks on the South West Coast Path (2009-2015) website South West Coast Path 10-13 April 2009 Minehead to Porlock 10 April 2009website Porlock to Lynton 11 April 2009website Lynton to Combe Martin 12 April 2009website Combe Martin to Woolacombe 13 April 2009website South West Coast Path 6-9 April 2012 Woolacombe to Braunton 6 April 2012website Braunton to Westward Ho! 7 April 2012website Westward Ho! to Clovelly 8 April 2012website Clovelly to Hartland Quay 9 April 2012websiteWalks using Public Transportwebsite Tarka Trail - Walks using Public Transport
South West Coastpath - Walks using Public Transport
Two Moors Way - Walks using Public Transport
Exe Valley Way - Walks using Public Transport
West Devon Way - Walks using Public Transport
Dartmoor Way - Walks using Public Transport
Devon County Council Public Transport Journey Devonwebsite your guide to public transport
Journey Devon - Area Bus Timetable Bookletswebsite All of our Area Bus Times Booklets are available as online e-books!
The North Devon Ramblerswebsite The North Devon Ramblers are a group within the National Ramblers Association. The walks offered by our Group are varied in distance and varied in the days we walk on. We offer some evening walks in the Spring and Summer. Once a month we offer a "Nice & Easy" walk designed to be at a gentle pace and an introduction to walking with a Group. Some of our walks involve using public transport to enable a linear route to be followed.
Emergency Situation on a ramble? A few things that might help.websiteWalking Britainwebsite .... Hartland Point CircularwebsiteWay2Go4 Walking Holidayswebsite Guided & Self Guided Walking Holidays on the North Devon and Cornwall Border with the emphasis on having fun, our walking holidays are aimed at those who enjoy relaxed walking, stopping to take in new sights and find out about the surroundings.
Our guided walking holidays on the North Cornwall and Devon borderwebsiteWALKING FOR HEALTHwebsite
It aims to get more people walking in their own communities, especially those who take little exercise or live in areas of poor health. The WHI website is for everyone with an interest in walking for health. It offers information, support and encouragement to complete beginners, existing walkers and health and leisure professionals.
Barnstaple Walking for Healthwebsite Brauntonwebsite Holsworthy Area Walk & Talkwebsite Ilfracombe Walking for Healthwebsite Tiverton Walk & Talkwebsite Torridge Walk & TalkwebsiteWalking the Two Moors Waywebsite
In June 2013 we walked the Two Moors Way, the 117 mile Devon coast to coast walk.
As a keen walker from Devon, I was eager to undertake this as my first multi-day walking holiday to see more of the beautiful county I call home.
Watersmeet Walk Lynmouth A great walk up the River Lyn to Watersmeet then back through the woods on the Two Moors Way to Lynmouth