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Drake's Trail

Tavistock to Plymouth

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Sir Francis Drake

Opening Times

1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
Drakes Trail is a network of walking and cycling routes between Tavistock and Plymouth
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

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!

What's Nearby

  1. The Garden House, Dartmoor

    The Garden House

    Stunning, innovative planting centred on a lovely walled garden surrounding the romantic ruins of a...

    1.75 miles away
  2. Burrator Reservoir

    Burrator Reservoir

    Undisturbed Burrator is surrounded by mixed woodland which sharply contrasts with the open moor and...

    1.86 miles away
  3. Buckland Abbey

    Buckland Abbey

    700-year-old home of Elizabethan seafarers Drake and Grenville

    In the 13th century, Buckland Abbey...

    2.19 miles away
  1. Yelverton Rock

    Yelverton Rock

    Yelverton is well known for "the rock" - a prominent mass of stone close to the Plymouth road on...

    2.32 miles away
  2. Cadover Bridge

    Cadover Bridge

    A popular local spot for sunbathing, dipping and reading.

    2.95 miles away
  3. Lopwell Dam

    Lopwell Dam

    The breathtaking Lopwell Dam on the upper tidal mark of the River Tavy is an excellent site for...

    3.51 miles away
  4. Two Bridges

    Two Bridges

    Two Bridges is a popular Dartmoor beauty spot beside the West Dart River.

    4.53 miles away
  5. Morwellham Quay The Morwellham & Tamar Valley Trust, Tavistock

    Morwellham Quay Historic Port, Farm and Copper Mine

    4.9 miles away
  6. The Plym Trail, photo supplied by NTPL/Chris King

    Plym Valley Trail

    In particular, the disused sites of Cann and Bickleigh Vale quarries are worth a look. The Plym...

    5.14 miles away
  7. Plym Bridge Woods - National Trust

    Plymbridge Woods

    A wooded valley of the River Plym, springtime sees the woodland floor covered with wild flowers...

    5.69 miles away
  8. Crownhill Fort

    Crownhill Fort

    The Fort at Crownhill is the best preserved of Lord Palmerston’s Ring of Fire which surrounded...

    5.9 miles away
  9. Cotehele


    Built c1485-1627 and was a home of the Edgcumbe family for centuries. Its granite and slatestone...

    6.16 miles away
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