Map of Devon: Hike, Bike & Kayak (Source to Sea) including United Kingdom

Walk, cycle and paddle through Devon’s most stunning scenery

Ahhh Devon, the UK’s answer to paradise. Fairy-tale woodlands, picture-perfect villages, and some of the country’s prettiest rivers. The only tricky part is picking the best way to take it all in – on foot, on a bicycle or on the river itself. But on this four-day adventure down the River Dart and River Teign, you won’t have to choose. Starting off in Dartmoor National Park, hike, bike, canoe and paddle your way through some Devon’s most spectacular scenery, passing by ancient ruins, natural pools and gorgeous villages. When you’re not on the go you’ll have plenty of time to sit back and soak it all in – your local leader will deal with the details so you can focus on the road ahead of you and the views around you.


Start
Exeter, United Kingdom
Finish
Exeter, United Kingdom
Destination
United Kingdom
Style
Original
Theme
Active Adventures, Intrepid Retreats
Code
BEXD
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • A natural playground, Devon’s landscapes are overflowing with opportunities for walking, swimming, cycling, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding – come with an open mind and leave with some new skills!

  • Explore the River Dart on foot, dipping into the tranquil waters of the Sharrah Pool, then paddle down its waters, stopping off for swims and beer breaks along the way.

  • Cycle into the wild heart of Dartmoor National Park in search of tor rock formations – one of which is said to have inspired Sherlock Holmes’ most famous case, the Hound of the Baskervilles.

  • Unpack just once and spend three wonderful nights at your accommodation – a charming hotel set on the grounds of Buckfast Abbey, on the southern slopes of Dartmoor National Park.

  • Discover the wonders of the River Teign, including the Scorhill Stone Circle – with a history stretching back to the Bronze Age, this site truly is an ancient wonder.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is an action-packed itinerary and a moderate level of fitness will help you get the most out of all included activities. You must be confident in the water for stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and swimming. All equipment and safety gear is provided.

  • This 4-day adventure begins in Day 1 in the morning and finishes on Day 4 in the late afternoon – you may like to consider arranging additional nights before or after the trip.

  • Some short sections of cycling and walking may require your own navigation, only in instances when your experienced tour leader will be moving our van to meet you just down the road.

  • This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

Itinerary

Welcome to Devon! Your action-packed adventure begins in Exeter at 12pm, where you’ll meet your local leader and new travel companions. Drive to Postbridge (approximately 1 hour), set in the heart of Dartmoor National Park – a place so beautiful it has inspired many myths, legends and works of fiction. Stop off for lunch to enjoy your fairy-tale surroundings and admire the ancient 13th-century bridge that still precariously straddles the river. Then it’s time to stretch your legs and head off on a walk (approximately 6 miles) down the infant River Dart to Dartmeet, the aptly named meeting point of the river’s two major tributaries. You’ll have the chance to cool off with a dip in one of many gorgeous natural pools along the way. Transfer to your accommodation for the next three evenings – a delightful hotel set on the grounds of Buckfast Abbey, tucked away on the southern slopes of Dartmoor National Park. Enjoy a well-earned welcome dinner (at your own cost) and perhaps get to know your fellow travellers over a pint or two.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Infant River Dart to Dartmeet walk
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It is very important that you will be at collection point on time. If you are in risk of being late, please notify us immediately.
Today you will walk for approximately 6 miles.
Start the day with a walk through wooded valleys and along the river to the Sharrah Pool – arguably the most beautiful river pool in the country. The walk is around 2 miles each way and the refreshing swim in totally tranquil waters surrounded by woodland and wildlife makes every step worth it! This afternoon you’ll switch to two wheels and cycle into the wild heart of Dartmoor National Park in search of tors, large free-standing rock formations. Visit the towering Haytor and Hound Tor – legend has it the latter inspired Sherlock Holmes’ most famous case, the Hound of the Baskervilles. For lunch today you can enjoy a peaceful picnic in the park, or you may prefer to swing by the local pub and tuck into some traditional British fare. Return to your wonderful accommodation later in the afternoon and enjoy an evening at leisure.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sharrah Pool swim
  • Haytor and Hound Tor cycling tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today you will walk for approximately 6 miles and cycle for up to 15 miles.
Depending on how active you’re feeling this morning, you can either catch an old-school steam train from Buckfastleigh to the town of Totnes, or walk the trail through quiet lanes and bridlepaths. An endearing market town with a real focus on promoting a sustainable lifestyle, Totnes is an excellent place to explore and enjoy a spot of lunch. Then you’ll have the option to jump in a canoe, kayak or on a stand up paddle board and travel down the River Dart towards the postcard-pretty town of Dartmouth. There’s no need to be an expert – your leader will teach you the skills needed to get the most out of this activity! Swing by a local wine café (what better way to break up the journey!) before continuing down the river. Arrive in Dartmouth and perhaps pop into a local pub to wet your whistle, or take some time to discover the town’s incredibly charming streets, lined with pastel-coloured houses. Cycle back to your accommodation for the evening.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • River Dart canoeing adventure
  • Dartmouth to Buckfast Abbey cycling tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today you will walk for 4 miles and cycle for up to 20 miles.
This morning you will transfer to another one of the UK’s most spectacular rivers – the River Teign. On arrival, visit the Scorhill Stone Circle – with a history stretching back to the Bronze Age, this site truly is an ancient wonder. While you’re here, why not see if you can squeeze through the hole in the legendary Tolmen stone, caused by erosion over thousands of years. Those who pass through it are said to receive increased fertility and immunity from a number of diseases. With your newfound health and fertility under your belt, take a walk along the River Teign down to the gorgeous Tudor-style mansion at Gidleigh Park where you’ll enjoy a coffee, then carry on to the Chagford Lido for a swim in the river-fed pool. After that, it’s a 20-mile bike ride down to the Teign Estuary where you’ll take a moment to soak in the view before finishing up your adventure and transferring back to Exeter for around 6pm.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • River Teign walk
  • Gidleigh park walk
  • Chagford Lido visit
  • Teign Estuary cycling tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today you will walk for approximately 3 miles and cycle for up to 20 miles.

Meals

3 breakfasts

Transport

Private Van

Accommodation

Hotel (3 nights)

Included activities

  • Infant River Dart to Dartmeet walk
  • Sharrah Pool swim
  • Haytor and Hound Tor cycling tour
  • River Dart canoeing adventure
  • Dartmouth to Buckfast Abbey cycling tour
  • River Teign walk
  • Gidleigh park walk
  • Chagford Lido visit
  • Teign Estuary cycling tour

Dates & availability

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Important notes

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1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. This trip starts with a welcome meeting at 12 pm on Day 1 in Exeter. You may like to consider arranging additional nights before or after the trip.
3.This is an active trip, and it consists of walking, cycling and water-based activities. Whilst previous experience in walking and kayaking or canoeing isn’t essential, your ability to cycle is.
4.Equipment hire is included in your trip price, bikes, helmets, and all water sport gear. Bike helmets are compulsory to wear during all rides.
5.Some short sections of cycling and walking may require your own navigation, only in instances when your experienced tour leader will be moving our van to meet the group.

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