Devon walking festivals and events

Some say Devon is best discovered on foot. Short stroll or epic hike, summer or winter walking, Devon offers walkers and hikers exhilarating views, beautiful countryside, mysterious moorland, green valleys and world-class stretches of coastline. Read on and follow the links to find walking festivals, events and trails all over our glorious county.

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North Devon & Exmoor Walking Festival
This area’s a great draw for walkers all year round, but this spring (April 30-May 8) there’ll be guided walks taking place all over the stunning landscape of North Devon and Exmoor. Walks will be divided into those under 7 miles and those over 7 miles, will take in coast and countryside, and usually be organised into groups of 15 or fewer. More about walking in North Devon & Exmoor
How about: a walk discovering the West Somerset Mineral Line and its unique way of getting ore down to the harbour

Dartmoor Walking Festival
Brand new for 2016, the Dartmoor Walking Festival is set to run for nine days from August 27-September 4, and will be open to people of all abilities.
Every day of the festival there’ll be four events on Dartmoor, covering walking, running, cycling and Nordic walking, plus Dartmoor Search and Rescue demonstrations, talks and presentations. All communities will be made welcome, including those with disabilities, and the wide range of activities has been planned to ensure that the programme of events really is inclusive. More about the Dartmoor Walking Festival
How about: a Dartmoor National Park Authority Ranger-led walk, with fascinating insights into the work they do

Sidmouth Walking Festival
From September 18-25 2016 experienced Sidmouth walkers will be sharing their favourite local walks with fellow hikers from all over the UK – the town enjoys ‘Walkers are Welcome’ status making it a popular place for enthusiasts. The 6 linear festival walks will cover the whole of the East Devon Way, whilst shorter circular walks will allow walkers to sample parts of it. All walks are free of charge (transport to the start and end of the East Devon Way walk is chargeable) but numbers are limited and walks must be booked in advance through the Tourist Office. Guided Town Walks and local Arboretum Trails will be running too, for those looking for something less strenuous. More walking in this area
How about: a walk along the coast at Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton and Branscombe.

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