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Enjoy a stroll in the countryside, a wander in a woodland or a march across the cliff tops. What ever your pace we have a walk for you to enjoy with friends, with family or simply by yourself.

South West Coast Path

The South West Coast Path (SWCP) is over 600 miles long and is England’s longest long-distance trail, stretching from Minehead in Somerset to Poole Harbour in Dorset. The 22 miles of Coast path that runs through Torbay is a great way to experience the Bay’s dramatic geology; amazing views and scenery and is the best way to experience the English Riviera Geopark. There are many points at which to start or finish your walk and you can use public buses to return to your starting point. Follow the link to find out more about the South West Coast Path. (image: Graham Andrews)

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Cockington Estate Walks

Cockington Country Park has five walking routes that vary in distance. Stroll comfortably around the lakes, take a relaxed walk around Manscombe Woods or hike around the entire countryside estate! Download a route map below.

Cockington Walks

Berry Head

Walk around the headland and across the reserve taking in the breathtaking scenery, historic Napoleonic forts and the highest and deepest working lighthouse in the UK. Approximately 1.6 miles.

Why not try walking from Berry Head to Sharkham.

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Accessible Berry Head

There are a network of tarmac or laid paths into both the North and South Forts and there are two mobility scooters available to hire on site which can be picked up from the car park on arrival. (We are sorry that we are unable to fulfil requests for hiring mobility scooters  at the moment while our Visitor Centre is closed).

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Walls Hill

A SSSI (for its geology and flora) and Ancient Monument (for its Bronze-Age field system), the steep cliffs offer great coastal views as well as woodlands at Bishop’s Walk. Try the Hope’s Nose to Walls Hill walk, approximately 3.7 miles (6.0 km)

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Occombe, Scadson and Cockington Valley Woods include areas of Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland and many interesting historical features. Designated Local Nature Reserves, the woodlands connect Occombe Farm and Cockington offering walking and cycling routes. Start at Occombe Farm or Cockington and follow the way-marked route signs.


Brunel Woods

Isambard Kingdom Brunel commissioned the design of a garden and house overlooking St Marychurch. He sadly died before the house was built and the garden become woodland but many of the species and features of Brunel’s time survived. There is a sculpture (know as Brunel’s Dance) in memory of the 1990 storms when the woodland was badly damaged and a network of paths to follow and great views over the Bay. There is a network of paths and some impressive views to admire. (image: Graham Andrews)


Bishop's Walk

Bishop’s Walk was created by Henry Phillpotts, the Bishop of Exeter from 1831 until his death in 1869. He lived in a nearby mansion called Bishopstowe, which in later years became the Palace Hotel. This walk forms a section of the South West Coast Path and is a part of the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark. Bishop’s Walk is a part of the Hope’s Nose to Wall’s Hill Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI).

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Occombe Farm Nature Trail

This tranquil Nature Trail takes you through a mixture of stunning woodland and beautiful meadows. The wildflower meadows are a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). This is followed by an area of wet woodland. It’s these contrasting environments which provide such a wide diversity of flora and fauna on this trail.

At just under 1.5km, it’s perfect to explore with the kids or simply to enjoy a relaxing walk through the Devon countryside. Do take time to have a look in the bird hide which is located in the woods. Parking and access to the nature trail is free of charge.

Tremendous Tree Trail

Walk around our historic Cockington Country Park and take part in our Cockington Tremendous Tree Trail. Enjoy Cockington Country Park with a walk around the estate, from Cockington Court and park trees to the special lakeside trees. See if you can find one of the tallest tree in Torbay or the Jamaican fiddlewood! We’ve a leaflet to guide you around the trail and to help you spot all the varieties.

Photo by Blue Moon Photography

Pick up a copy from our Visitor Centre

Roundham Head

A easy stroll around this headland in Paignton, offering stunning views out towards Brixham and across Torquay.

There are surfaced paths and pavements and the option to follow the path and steps on down to Goodrington Sands. The main route around the headland is accessible to wheelchair users and mainly flat. Approximately 0.9 miles (1.4km).

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Daddyhole Plain Walk

This short walk around Daddyhole Plain to Rock Walk offers great views of the Bay and the harbour. Stroll through an area once cared for by Victorian gardeners but that’s now preserved as a wildlife conservation area. Its rich in rare plants and with its own colony of the nationally endangered horseshoe bats in a former wartime lookout post. You will love the dramatic outlook over the cliffs and look out for the “London Bridge” rock arch. 1.9 miles (3.0 km)

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The John Musgrave Trail

This 35 mile walking trail takes in a wonderfully varied landscape of rolling hills, stunning coastlines, captivating villages, and a river estuary. From coast and creeks to castles and countryside it is divided into four sections:

  • Maidencombe to Cockington (11miles) via Watcombe, Brunel Woods, Great Hill, Middle Rocombe, Coffinswell, Kingskerswell and Cockington
  • Cockington to Totnes (9.5 miles) via Occombe Farm, Marldon, Berry Pomeroy and on to Totnes
  • Totnes to Dittisham (9 miles) through Asprington, Tuckenhy, Cornworthy and Brambletorre
  • Greenway to Birxham (5.5 miles) through Churston Village, The Grove (woodlands) and onto Brixham.

You can pick up a guide with all walking routes from our Visitor Centre at Cockington or by contacting us 01803 520 022

Named after the former Chair of the South West Ramblers Association, whose generous legacy brought together TCCT, Devon CC, South Hams DC, The National Trust, Torbay Council, and Teignbridge DC to create this incredible route.