A Trail Guide to Walking the Templer Way


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At 18 miles long, the Templer Way follows through some of the most popular areas of Devon. The trail provides a wide array of scenery: from open moorland, meadows, and woodland to the shores of the estuary and coastal beaches.

The Templer Way is a recognised trail waymarked by a wheel, tiller and a barge’s rudder. This waymarker acts as a reference to the fact the route once carried quarried granite from Haytor as it was transported down to the coast. Using a mix of rights-of-way and permissive paths, the Templer Way follows as close to the original route as possible. First, you shall walk along a still visible granite track bed where horse-drawn wagons once pulled carts laden with massive slabs of granite to the beginning of the Stover Canal. The Stover Canal, incidentally, was originally built to transport clay. From here, shipments were then transported onwards to Teignmouth Docks where materials were then shipped onwards to other parts of the country and beyond.

You will start the trail on the eastern edge of Dartmoor at Haytor, one of the more popular spots. It is easy to see why given the large exposed tor that stands prominent in front of you. It provides a truly breath-taking panoramic view of the surrounding area. From here, the trail leads down through Bovey Tracey, famous for its links to pottery, and onto the start of the remains of the Stover Canal. Next, walkers pass through the historic market town of Newton Abbot. From here, the trail leads along the southern shore of the Teign Estuary, offering yet more fantastic views of the northern slopes and shore. You will eventually arrive at the small coastal village of Shaldon. A final trip across the river using a ferry brings you to the finish line at the popular Victorian seaside resort of Teignmouth. Here, you will link up with another long distance trail called the South West Coast Path.


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.