Best Tavistock Walks, Tavistock, Dartmoor National Park

Best Tavistock Walks, Tavistock, Dartmoor National Park


Tavistock is part of the Tamar Valley & Tavistock UNESCO World Heritage Site. We'd recommend exploring the town on foot. Pop into Tavistock Museum to learn more.

Having explored the town, try the Tavistock Canal Walk.


Walking on Dartmoor near Tavistock

Tavistock sits below the western flank of Dartmoor. This section of the National Park is home to some of its finest tors. Many top walks start from Tavistock View Point. Whilst you can walk to the point via Whitchurch Down, Moortown and Whitchurch Common, we'd recommend driving up to the spacious car parking area before you walk.

Try the Cox, Roos and the Staple Tors Circular Walk.

To walk to individual tors, try Cox Tor, Pew Tor and The Staple Tors.

Great Mis Tor is superb.

For something more remote, try the White Tor, Langstone Moor and Great Staple Tor Circular Walk.


Walking Burrator Reservoir near Tavistock

Burrator Reservoir is a Dartmoor beauty spot situated south east of Tavistock.

The Burrator Reservoir Circular Walk is superb.

Try also the Burrator and Sheepstor Circular Walk.


Walking Dartmoor's rivers and valleys near Tavistock

The River Tavy flows through Tavistock. It meets the River Walkham at Double Waters. Great walking country and a stunning setting.

Tavy Cleave and the Tavy Cleave to Ger Tor Circular Walk is sublime.

Lydford Gorge (National Trust) and the Lydford Gorge Circular Walk is a classic Dartmoor and Westcountry walk.


Walking Dartmoor's prehistory near Tavistock

Merrivale (English Heritage) is one of the best places to experience Dartmoor's prehistory. Situated east of Tavistock, it's a nice walk from one of the car parking areas along the B3357.


Walking the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near Tavistock

Tavistock is located on the borders of Dartmoor National Park and the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The latter isn't particularly well-known but it's an amazing place.

Walk the estate at Buckland Abbey (National Trust).

The Tamar Trails Centre and Tamar Trails Walking are superb.

There's plenty of walking around Morwellham Quay UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Long distance walking trails from Tavistock

Long distance walking routes that start/end at Tavistock include Drake's Trail, Abbot's Way and Buckfast to Tavistock Monastic Route.

The West Devon Way passes through Tavistock.


Walking Brentor near Tavistock

For a short walk with immense views, head for Brentor with its famous church topping the hill.