Devon Coast

Taster Break – Short breaks in Devon

As featured in ‘Coast’ magazine. We had such fun creating this trail, a homage to our family seaside holidays. Guests have asked us for a coastal Foot Trail for some time but where to start?

When people think of the coast and South West England the South West Coast path often comes to mind.But for me it’s not the best experience. And it’s not very Foot Trails. Sections of the South West Coast path are steep.Really steep! And parts see in excess of 900 000 visitors a year, and the walking, well you can get a little scenery blind after a while.

When we thought of our own family holidays, and an area of unspoiled coast, the South Hams came to mind. There’s a little of everything in a small area, rivers, creeks, coves, lighthouses, ferries, steam trains and of course stunning cliffs and scenery. This clever little itinerary will give you a taste of all these things!

For a Devon Coast sample itinerary pop your details in the ‘Like to find our more?’ form.


Walking & Hiking Tours in Devon

Short breaks in Devon

This taster break is where you stay in one place – each day enjoy a different and varied walking trail and return to your host inn at the end of the day. The trail is great for a short relaxing break or those new to walking & hiking on multiple days.

Exploring South Devon, known as the South Hams. Officially an area of outstanding beauty, its history can be traced back to the early Dobunni tribe, translated as deep valley dwellers who would later give the county its name.

This truly varied tour gives you boat rides, coastal walks, a lost village, author Agatha Christie’s holiday home, a steam train experience, breath-taking scenery and peaceful landscapes. With every day its own mini adventure your walking will be filled with discoveries.

Trail highlights include:

  • Discover a diverse British history including Saxon, Norman, Medieval and modern
  • Enjoy sights in an official Area Of Outstanding Beauty
  • Find white plaster Devon cottages and beautiful rural towns and villages
  • Wander through Devon’s deep green valleys and enjoy views to the sea
  • Find tales of shipwrecks, fishing and the seas
  • Walk on the beach, skim a pebble, go for a paddle!
  • Enjoy delicious local food and drink at fantastic country pubs and local restaurants
  • Discover a lost village, Agatha Christie’s house, ride a steam train and go on a ferry boat ride

For an example itinerary and photographs from the trail and of the accommodations, simply add your details in the form (to the right) >>

Devon tides

Getting here

Getting here is easy, your trail is located a 30 minute taxi ride from Totnes train station. Totnes is a 3 hour train ride direct from London.

For overseas guests the nearest airport is at London Heathrow. There is a regional airport at Exeter or Bristol.

Convenient airport transfers can be arranged on request, please ask us for the details and prices.

Devon country bedroom

About the accommodations

Our hand-picked guest house has a super relaxed and superbly comfortable feel and is ably run by a delightful young couple.

Set in a small village with a village shop (useful) and a pub all rooms are spacious and well appointed. There is a guest lounge to relax in if you wish with a fire to warm the cooler months.

Breakfast is enjoyed in the conservatory and includes local bacon, sausages, plenty of toast or enjoy something lighter with cereals, yoghurt and fresh fruits, eggs, fruit juices and coffee.

We love that the guest house shares our passion for fantastic customer service and happy guests.

Devon countryside

Prices & availability

Devon Coast is a 3 or 4 night short walking break. The trail is available year round. You can start on any day of the week (subject to availability). The best start day is a Monday. Please be aware that from mid-July to August is peak holiday season and due to crowds we prefer not offer the trail at this time.

Prices start from –

3 night stay
Winter – £250 p/person
April & October – £290 p/person
May & September- £335 p/person
June to August – £330 p/person

4 night stay
Winter – £330 p/person
April & October – £385 p/person
May & September- £445 p/person
June to August – £445 p/person

*Based on two sharing, staying on a bed & breakfast basis


• Walking know-how and local expertise
• Transport drop off when it makes for a better walk
• Help and support before & during your trip
• Independent (self guided) walking days tailored to you and the season
• Custom made & crafted Walk and Explore Box
• Local Ordnance Survey™ maps (waterproof)
• Trail guide cards (waterproof one for each day with easy to follow instructions)
• Plastic map holder
• Local stories and histories
• Detailed itinerary & recommended lunchtime stops at country pubs and cafes
• Nature cards for identifying wild flowers, trees and animals
• Seasonal nature guide book
• Sweets (for a boost on route)
• Your en-suite accommodation
• Breakfasts

How to book?

Just get in touch to let us know your preferred dates and we will look after the rest. You can call us on +44 (0) 1747 820626 or use the form to your right to send a message or request an itinerary.

We will provide you with a full detailed itinerary with price quote before you book.

Walking holiday in Devon

From our guests

“What a wonderful trip. Based on a friend’s recommendation I contacted Foot Trails. From the moment I spoke to them I felt welcome, cared for and well informed.”
Gayle, Torronto, Canada

“Once again you have organised a wonderful 12 days of walking. We loved the coastal walks in Devon, inspiring and breath-taking in their ruggedness.”
Mark and Bev, Canada

“I can’t express how good the experience was. The team at Foot Trails was great. They listened to what we wanted to do and planned the perfect trip for us.”
Steve, Australia

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Pebble Beach in Devon

How do I find my way?

Trails are devised using our local knowledge and rigorously tested and checked. Find your way using either the easy to follow trail cards if you prefer not to map read, or the local Ordnance survey maps provided. Or a combination of both. For peace of mind an on call service is provided every day including weekends between 8am and 6pm.

Where will I be walking?

Your walks are on public rights of way and a mixture of paths, tracks and trails through woodland, on farm land, village country lanes and countryside. Most walking is away from roads. Everything you need will be provided in your walk and explore pack.

For a more fully detailed example itinerary for this holiday, simply pop your details in the form to the right.

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