While Devon is delightful with the sun shining, there is something quite magical about a bracing winter walk, whether it is through the countryside or around the coastal routes. If you find yourself in Devon and want some suggestions of how to get out and enjoy the changing of the seasons, here are our top suggestions for a winter walk.

Woolacombe Warren

This short walk around Woolacombe will only take around half an hour and is suitable for the whole family – dogs included! It’ll give you a chance to explore a much quieter Woolacombe Beach than you might normally encounter and is incredibly picturesque, no matter what the time of year.

Start off at the National Trust car park at Marine Drive and join the South West Coast Path. Turn off at the waymark and follow the route down into the sand dunes and the beach itself.


As this walk is on Dartmoor, make sure you have sensible shoes – the ground can get boggy in bad weather! Start off in North Brentor and head to the edge of the moorland, the walk will take in Brentor itself and St Michael de Rupe Church, the smallest and highest complete parish church in England.

Plymbridge Woods

Located just outside Plymouth, the woods are a hugely popular walking route. At this time of year, when the foliage is a little sparse, you can easily make an adventure out of any trip. The woods are managed by the National Trust, so you’ll find lots of lovely waymarked paths.

Bolberry Down

As part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Bolberry Down is an incredible place to visit all year round. The whole area has a host of paths, most of which form the South West Coast Path and is managed by the National Trust. As such, there are well maintained, level paths, allowing everyone to enjoy the views along the route.

The Tarka Trail

This walking and cycling path in North Devon is one of the longest routes in the county – it covers 163 miles! Of course, you won’t be covering the whole thing while out for a winter stroll, but there are lots of places you can join the trail and several routes to enjoy, all of which offer lovely views, countryside and coast.

Things to do in Devon this winter

Whatever you're looking for, there are a host of attractions and activities waiting for you in Devon.