Easily Accessible Paths

Easily Accessible Paths South

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South Devon Heritage Coast:
Bolberry Down

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Bolberry Down is situated on the south Devon coast and now has a short tarmac path leading from the large car park to breath taking views of the coast. Wheelchair users may feel more comfortable with a strong helper as there is no cliff top fencing.

OS Landranger 202 Grid Ref: 689 385

The Coast and Countryside Service - South Hams/South Devon has produced a very useful leaflet entitled "Access to the Coast" detailing information centres, walks, view points and other attractions for all users.

Bolberry Down

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Bovey Tracey

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Known locally as the Gateway to the Moor, Bovey Tracey is a small town very picturesquely surrounded by the hills of Dartmoor's southern edge. With many attractions such as arts and crafts it makes an excellent day out. Parking is available for free next to the mill and this is also a good spot to start your walk. The walk starts in the town's park and after crossing the road you can walk for several miles along the river bank. The river is shallow and clear and ideal for restful picnics on its sandy banks; eventually the river joins the old railway which will return you to the car park. One word of warning, pick an off peak time if you don't enjoy crowds as Bovey Tracey is very popular!

OS Landranger 191 Grid Ref: 813 779

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Dawlish

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Leading from the pretty town of Dawlish to the National Nature Reserve of Dawlish Warren, renowned for its unusual birds and stunning dunes, there is a concreted path which follows the sea edge. Parking is available in Dawlish but much care must be taken over tide times as the route is covered at high tide. Alternatively you could walk one way and bus back. Disabled parking is available at Dawlish Warren along with toilets and amusements ideal for children. Dawlish Warren is managed by Teignbridge District Council wardens

Tel: Visitor Centre 01626 863980

OS Landranger 192 Grid Ref: 980 787

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Haldon Hills

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An attractive Forestry Commission woodland with excellent walks for all. The car park has information, toilets and a picnic site and there is also a bird hide which is adapted for use by wheelchairs. The birds you are likely to see here are rather special though - goshawks and sparrowhawks. Well worth a visit for bird lovers and others!

Tel: 01392 832262

OS Landranger 192 Grid Ref: 882 847

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Loddiswell

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This scenic path follows the old mill leat alongside the river for several miles - once again it is worth remembering that you have to walk back again!

OS Landranger 202 Grid Ref: 732 484

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Mamhead - Haldon Hills

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The Forestry Commission have recently opened this new upgraded path on their Haldon Hills plantation. A circular route, it takes you through very pleasant and peaceful woodland to a viewpoint which beats all. The unusual obelisk dominates the picnic tables which look out over a stunning open view of the Devon countryside and the Exe Estuary. Pick a sunny day and take a picnic!

OS Landranger 192 Grid Ref: 922 806

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Newton Abbot

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A real 'Town and Country' path, this route runs for several miles, leaving Newton Abbot from the car park opposite the library and going on into the beautiful local countryside that surrounds the town. Level and well surfaced but with small gradients in places. This path is only wheelchair accessible for approximately 1 mile and about 2 miles on you will find a stile into some woodlands. Other than this, the path is not obstructed and is very scenic.

OS Landranger 202 Grid Ref: 853 710

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Noss Mayo

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A section of the Coast Path near Noss Mayo uses the Revelstoke Carriage Drive, a well-graded and surfaced track on the cliff tops. This gives incomparable sea views - keep an eye on the horizon on a clear day and see if you can spot Eddystone Lighthouse. About a mile of the drive is accessible. Parking and access from Stoke Beach.

OS Landranger 202 Grid Ref: SX561468

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Devon County Council:
Stover Country Park

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Stover Country Park is situated conveniently near the A38 and Newton Abbot. The Park has a large lake which is embraced by a good circular path; well surfaced and wide it has several wooden bridges which may mean disabled visitors need help. Very attractively laid out it is an interesting spot particularly for bird watchers.

Guided walks and talks often operate. Also starting at Stover is the Heritage Trail; this is not suitable for wheelchairs but is flat and easy walking.

Tel: The Ranger, Devon County Council 01626 835236

OS Landranger 191 Grid Ref: 832 749

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Teignbridge Country Parks:

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Hackney Marshes.

At the head of the Teign Estuary these flooded meadows, reed fringed ditches and hedgerows are a haven for wildlife. It is public open space with good paths through woodland and old orchards.

Combe Valley.

Another area with a good path system, this runs through old woodland and alongside a stream, there is also a play area for the more active.

Decoy Country Park.

A well maintained and popular park on the edge of Newton Abbot. About 100 acres of woodland provide a stunning backdrop to the 13 acre lake, home to some fascinating wildlife.

Tel: Teignbridge District Council Countryside Service 01626 61101, ext 2751

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Totnes

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Car parking can be found south of Steamer Quay near Baltic Wharf. This is a short walk alongside the river, (continues on Berry Pomeroy FP 8) a hard surface and good level track make it easy walking but unfortunately motorbike barriers prevent wheelchair access. At the end of the path you can turn right up a small lane and complete a circular walk by returning on it to the car park.

OS Landranger 202 Grid Ref: 807 603

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Totnes

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A very attractive path runs from Totnes Station to Shinner's Bridge, Dartington and has been upgraded to be suitable for all. If your wheelchair is especially wide you may need a 'RADAR' key but it's well worth it! From Totnes Station it runs alongside the river Dart and some interesting wildlife habitats and on to Shinners Bridge where you will find Dartington College of Art and the Cider Press Crafts Centre which has a cafe and toilets.

Tel: Dartington Estates Steward 01803 862271

OS Landranger 202 Grid Ref: 787 624

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Photo - Anna Jolly