Walk the East Devon Way

The East Devon Way has had a makeover. This beautiful inland walking route has been put back on the map with a new guidebook and an on-line interactive map listing businesses within easy reach of the path. Why not walk the route and discover Devon's hidden gems?

Get a certificate and a badge

We have created a certificate which will be awarded to everyone who contacts us to let us know they have walked the entire route. It is not necessary to complete the walk in one go, it has been split into six day or half day walks. Once you have completed the challenge, click here and complete the "I walked the East Devon Way!" form. Then all you have to do is send it into our office to receive your completion certificate.


New circular routes off the East Devon Way

We know you like walking the East devon Way, but some people have asked for circular routes leading off it. We partnered up with the Ramblers and East Devon District Council to create these new routes for you to enjoy.

Walks in detail

To see these routes in detail all you have to do is register on the Ramblers web site, look for a local walk, click the link to the map then you can find and print the walk you like. For a simple guide on how to access the Ramblers walks, click here

For an overview

Click on the map above to print off the two pages.

Eat, sleep and drink along the route

It's never been easier to plan your walking holiday than with our new google map. It's filled with gorgeous B&B's, campsites, hotels and even some secluded gardens for delicious cream teas. Perfect for every size of group and every pocket. Ideal for a weekend or why not make a week's holiday of it? Click the explore image and the map filled will open in a new page.

East Devon Way foxglove

New guidebook 

[Please note *erratum in the printed book page 50 (Colyton to Lyme Regis) should read 9miles rather than 4.75 miles. This has been corrected in the on line version here and rounded to 9miles as per signage on site]

Pick up a free guidebook from Tourist Information Points in East Devon (some may levy a small charge) or from one of the listed businesses. You can also download it or just take a sneak peek at the digital version below.



Be inspired by others who have completed the challenge.

Sarah from Axmouth was looking for something special to do for her 40th she did all 40 miles of the East Devon Way - read about her story here.

Sarah, family and friends, aged 6 to 72, celebrating completion of the East Devon Way challenge in Lyme Regis  Otter Valley Association members find an idyllic picnic spot to rest on The Commons at SY042880, why not find your own special resting place?    

Tipton Primary PTFA organised a sponsored walk and mini-East Devon Way challenge; 87 pupils did the sponsored walk whilst 25 pupils joined in on the East Devon Way from White Cross and Hawkerland.

The Otter Valley Association took the bus for a walk and successfully completed the challenge in a series of walks combined with local bus services - a smaller group completed it in a day in 2016! Or how about running it? A group from the Axe Valley Runners ran the East Devon Way.

Route news 

Jan 2017

1- Lympstone Common (pg15 in the guidebook). There have been some difficulties here with access on occasion blocked. We apologise for what we hope is a temporary issue. If you find the route obstructed it can be easily bypassed by heading south to the road and continuing east/west (depending on your walk direction) for around 250m until you reach the Frying Pans/next junction of the footpath/road and rejoining the path by heading north. We hope to resolve the routing here in 2017.

Summer 2014 

There are two areas which have been re-routed:

1- The approach to Woodbury Castle now follows a much more pleasant route up Woodbury Common to Woodbury Castle and now follows the natural path to the right of the road, rather than crossing over the B3180 as is shown on older OS maps.

2- At Woodbury Castle - at the start there are new waymarkers guiding you around the ramparts of the 1/2 mile circle of Woodbury Castle before joining the path across the common.

Before planning your walk, we recommend you check the Devon County Council Rights of Way website for any temporary closures following on from any adverse weather in the area.

Report a problem

The route is looked after and maintained by the Devon County Council Rights of Way team and in many cases with the support of volunteer P3 Wardens in Parish Councils. To report an issue please let the Rights of Way team know on Tel: 0345 155 1004 or email If you think it will help, please let us know too!

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East Devon AONB Partnership
Kennaway House
Coburg Road, Sidmouth
EX10 8NG

Tel: 01404 46663

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In England and Wales, our finest landscapes have been conserved through designation as National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs).

The East Devon AONB was designated in 1963 and is one of the 46 AONBs situated across the UK. The National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty provides general information about AONBs. 

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