As the Highway Authority for Devon, the County Council is responsible for 3,200 miles (4,960km) of public rights of way.
To find out more about where to Walk, Ride and Cycle in Devon please select My Local Paths (last updated 31 March 2014) This will take you to a map where you can obtain information on any path in the County. You can zoom in and out at various scales by following the instructions displayed underneath the map and by using the Legend and Layer buttons you can see all Public Rights of Way, Cycleways, Access Land and the Dartmoor Commons.
You can also find out if there are any stiles, gates or bridges on the paths and how steep or level a route is.
- Devon Countryside Access Forum Newsletter March/April 2014 (503KB - pdf help)
- Information for landowners - please view our updated Highways Act 1980 Section 31(6) page for information regarding the procedure for protecting your land from future rights of way claims, under the new legislation
- Although the highway and rights of way network across Devon was badly damaged during the winter - particularly iconic coastal and riverside paths - we have been working hard with landowners and partner agencies to reinstate damaged rights of way, or to provide alternative routes where temporary closures have been necessary.
- The South West Coast Path remains open despite the winter storms, but in places you will need to follow temporary diversions. Please view the SWCP website "Latest News" section for up to date information and current closures
- Grand Western Canal - the section of canal that was breached in November 2012 has now been re-opened. This is in plenty of time for the 2014 National Trailboat Festival in late May, which will celebrate the Canal’s bicentenary.
- Stover Country Park - why not visit Stover this Spring? With over 114 acres of woodland, grassland, marsh and lakes, it is the perfect place to visit for all the family, in addition to which it operates the Countryside Mobiliby Scheme, which means it is an ideal place to visit for those with limited mobility. Spring/Summer events are out now!!
- Community Paths: A 10 Step Guide to Improving Public Rights of Way (2.19MB - pdf help) - A step by step guide to improving or creating public rights of way in your community..
- Diamond Jubilee Way, Dartmouth
- Bude Canal Trails - explore the historic Bude Canal and scenic Tamar Lakes on foot
- Explore Exmouth - 8 circular walks in the Exmouth and Lympstone area available to download and print off (2.48MB - pdf help)
- Explore Braunton
- Horse riding in the Blackdown Hills - circular routes
- Walking for Health Programme - click here to find out more about walks in your area.
- Walk4Life is a free walking website created by Walk England, encouraging people to improve their health by walking more often.
Find out more
- Where to Walk and Ride in Devon
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Easily Accessible Paths
- Adopt a Path Scheme
- Parish Paths Partnership Scheme
- Definitive Map Review
- Informal Consultations
- Useful Forms/Guidelines
- Devon Countryside Access Forum
- Exe Estuary Trail (Cycle/Walkway)
- Rights of Way Improvement Plan 2005
- Schedule 14 Applications
- Highways Act 1980 Section 31 (6)
- Ruby Riders
- Diamond Jubilee Way, Dartmouth
Also on devon.gov.uk
Other Web Sites
Public Rights of Way
Devon County Council
0845 155 1004
Key Publications / Downloads
- Walking in Devon (2.86MB - pdf help)
- Horse Riding in Devon (3.28MB - pdf help)
- Cycling in Devon
- Accessible Trails in Devon (1.27MB - pdf help)
Information for Users and Landowners
- Public Rights of Way - Advice for Users and Landowners (4.49MB - pdf help)
- Ploughing and cropping guidance chart for landowners (5KB - pdf help)
- Countryside Code 2012
- British Horse Society Code of Conduct for Horse Riders and Cyclist (556KB - pdf help)