A Trail Guide to Walking the Devonshire Heartland Way


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The 43-mile-long Devonshire Heartland Way encompasses areas of the Devonshire countryside rarely visited by most owing to the remoteness of the area. This trail, therefore, offers a great route for those wishing for a more peaceful way to see hidden parts of Devon.

The Devonshire Heartland Way is a recognised trail, waymarked by the Spindle Berry flower. A fitting marker as you are likely to encounter many of the flowers growing in the hedgerows along the route.

You will initially begin in the town of Okehampton, located at Dartmoor’s northern edge and home to an impressive back drop – the rising hills that make up Dartmoor’s northern plateau. The start point can be found before the entrance of the train station. From here, the route heads west to east crisscrossing through the countryside as it winds through numerous, beautiful, picture-postcard hamlets and villages until you arrive at the historic market-town of Crediton.

Leading on from Crediton, for the final stretch of this trail, walkers initially proceeds up and through the Victorian pleasure ground of Shobrooke park before leading onwards through the villages of Newton St Cyres and Brampford Speke before finally arriving at the small settlement of Stoke Canon, located in the Exe Valley.


This Guide contains

  • Detailed 1:25 000 OS maps covering the entire route.
  • Route broken down into easily manageable legs.
  • A suggested kit list, also available for free to download.
  • Travel information.
  • Places of interest and village amenities such as historic locations, accommodation, eateries, public facilities.
  • Full six-figure grid reference for GPS reference.
  • Colour photography throughout.