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Drake's Trail

34 km / 21 miles

Drake's Trail in West Devon is a walking and cycling route commemorating this colourful seaman, 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. Linked 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.

Four short walking trails are linked into the main route see below 'Path Variants'.


Path Type
Other Paths
Other Paths; Easy; Former Railway; Cycle Route; Heritage
SX482743 - Tavistock, Devon
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SX460539 - Plymouth, Devon
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Web Sites

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External PDF
Drake's Trail Leaflet (Devon County Council - 2013)
Drake's Trail (Devon County Council - 2012)


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Path Variants
National Trails (England & Wales)
Paths Marked on OS mapping
Other Paths

Show Accommodation
Hostel Accommodation
Bunk House
B & B Accommodation

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

From Path
Along Path
Bunk House
3 Km
6 Km
B & B Accommodation
Overcombe House  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
8 Km
Hostel Accommodation
< 1 Km
32 Km
Wringford Cottages  (bookable online)
5 Km
33 Km

Connected Paths:


GPS Exchange Format Route File
MemoryMap Route file
Tracklogs Route file

Route Profile:

35.1 Km (21.8 miles)
538 m (1,765 ft) ascent
194 m (636 ft)  maximum height