Coast & Water inspired Foot Trails

Walking by water is soothing, calming and beautiful. So we include a variety of waterways on various different Foot Trails. They include canals, streams, rivers and on our Devon Coast Foot Trail (staying in one place) and Devon Creek to Coast Foot Trail (Inn to Inn), the sea.

View over Salcombe

Water. It comes in many forms from rivers to streams, the sea to canals. You can explore a variety of waterways as you walk on four of our Foot Trails, our newest, Devon Creek to Coast, (Inn to Inn) Bath and Avon, Bath City & Country and Devon Coast. Whilst there are some smaller waterways on other trails, these are the main trips that will give you more contact with water. Read on for some watery delights.

Traditional fish and chips

Tuck into traditional fish and chips on your Foot Trail

Enjoy with a wedge of lemon or a dollop of tartare sauce. The nation’s favourite poses a bit of a mystery as it’s not known exactly how they came together. Chips (pommes frites) arrived to Britain from France in the 18th century. In the mid 18th century fish warehouses sold fried fish accompanied by bread. Their popularity soon grew. By the 1930’s there were 35 000 fish and chip shops in Britain, helping feed the masses during WW1 and the only food not to be rationed during WW2.

Boats at Dartmouth

About the South Hams

The South Hams is one of the most beautiful areas of Devon, which you can explore on Foot Trails Devon Coast Foot Trail and Devon’s Creek to Coast Inn to Inn Foot Trail. At 342 square miles, most of this and its 52 miles of coastline have been declared as an area of outstanding natural beauty. Its beaches have been awarded more clean water awards than any other in Britain. The area boasts much to explore including breath taking river estuaries, ambling hills, craggy moors and spectacular coast.

Along the Kennet and Avon canal


On our Bath City and Country and Bath and Avon Foot Trails you’ll meet the Kennett and Avon Canal. This southern England waterway is 87 miles in length linking London with the Bristol Channel. Colourful house boats and barges navigate the canal making a pretty sight. The canal was first used in 1723 and has 105 locks.

Lobster pots

Shiver me timbers! And other watery sayings

With tales of shipwrecks and smuggling never far from Devon’s coast, we thought it would be fun to look at some pirate phrases. Avast ye! (Stop, pay attention) Landlubber (person who is uncomfortable or not very used to being at sea). Pieces of Eight (spanish coins). For more sea air and tales, book Foot Trails Devon Coast walking trail (staying in one place) or Foot Trails Devon Creek to Coast (Inn to Inn).

Create your perfect walking or hiking trip with Foot Trails

At Foot Trails our specialist knowledge means that we can create a trip centered around what interests you most. Maybe you dream of walking by the sea or would simply like to enjoy a few waterways as you walk. Let us know.

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Talk to Team Foot Trails about creating your perfect Coast & Water inspired walking tour. Here are a few suggested example itineraries to get you started:

  • Smugglers Tale, Dorset Jurassic Coast Walk through spectacular views and scenery on Dorset's Jurassic Coast, England's first natural world heritage site. It's 95 miles of stunning coastline boast rocks recording 185 million years of the earth's history and this incredible geology is of global importance. Read more
  • Devon Creek to Coast Inn to Inn. New! Following the enticing journey of the beautiful river Dart from its creeks to the sea. This Inn to Inn style walk features Devon's South Hams. Read more
  • Bath City & Country

    Staying in one place, Bath

    Enjoy the best of Bath's city and the countryside. This walking/hiking holiday based in the heart of the world heritage city of Bath takes in the ancient Roman and Georgian city of Bath and its peaceful, spectacular surrounding countryside. Discover mellow stone architecture, pretty stone cottages, the River Avon and Royal Crescent. Read more
  • Devon Coast

    Staying in one place, South Devon

    Brimming with beauty from the sea you'll enjoy coves, coastal views, white plastered cottages and tales of sea shanties and shipwrecks. Walking in Devon will delight and also surprise you. Click to find out more. Read more