Drake's Trail in West Devon is a 21 mile cycling and walking route linking Tavistock with Plymouth. This important part of Devon's recreational route network runs through superb countryside with attractive scenery along the western edge of Dartmoor together with much historical and heritage interest.
But the trails aren't just about Drake - they take you through wooded river valleys and across open moorland, up close to fascinating wildlife and history.
New sections of Drake's Trail include iconic features such as Gem Bridge, replacing an older viaduct, and Grenofen Tunnel. The Trail also includes the long-established Plym Valley Trail, and creates a network of safe and easy cycling and walking opportunities for all the family to enjoy.
For a PDF showing the map of the whole Drake's Trail route and for information about all the Drake's Trail walking and cycling spurs please visit www.drakestrail.co.uk
Spur walking and cycling routes visit points of interest, including the spectacular Burrator Reservoir, Sir Francis Drake's birthplace at Crowndale Farm near Tavistock, and his former residence at Buckland Abbey near Yelverton. The routes are varied, and there are plenty of attractions to visit along the way, not least the numerous coffee shops and pubs!
Stunning, innovative planting centred on a lovely walled garden surrounding the romantic ruins of a...1.75 miles away
Undisturbed Burrator is surrounded by mixed woodland which sharply contrasts with the open moor and...1.86 miles away
700-year-old home of Elizabethan seafarers Drake and Grenville
In the 13th century, Buckland Abbey...2.19 miles away
Discovery, tranquillity and history – an ancient gem in the Dartmoor landscape2.3 miles away
Yelverton is well known for "the rock" - a prominent mass of stone close to the Plymouth road on...2.32 miles away
A popular local spot for sunbathing, dipping and reading.2.95 miles away
Two Bridges is a popular Dartmoor beauty spot beside the West Dart River.4.53 miles away
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In particular, the disused sites of Cann and Bickleigh Vale quarries are worth a look. The Plym...5.14 miles away
A wooded valley of the River Plym, springtime sees the woodland floor covered with wild flowers...5.69 miles away
The Fort at Crownhill is the best preserved of Lord Palmerston’s Ring of Fire which surrounded...5.9 miles away
Built c1485-1627 and was a home of the Edgcumbe family for centuries. Its granite and slatestone...6.16 miles away