Best Ashburton Walks

gateway to Dartmoor
Ashburton Hills
Walks Near Me
Select Your WalkWalk 1 (3.9 miles)Walk 2 (1.6 miles) 
 Owlacombe CrossTown Trail 

Ashburton, an old stannary (tin mining) town, boasts numerous pubs and a variety of old-fashioned shops.

Name means 'settlement near the ash tree stream'.

parkingMain Car Park Kingsbridge Ln
parkingSATNAV Postcode:TQ13 7DX
Point of InterestWhat to explore?
  • old-fashioned shops
  • Ashburton Museum
  • Ashburton Antiques Trail (2020 )
  • St. Lawrence's Chapel 14th century
  • Ashburton Arts Centre
PubsHound of the Baskervilles
The Silent Whistle
the Old Exeter Inn

Walk 1 Owlacombe Cross (3.9 miles)


Terrace Walk

This is one of our most popular walks following part of the Dartmoor Way along the river Ashburn into Whiddon Scrubbs.

It climbs steadily towards Owlacombe cross offering magnificent views of the rolling Dartmoor moors.

Due to construction of a service highway to quarry a permissive footpath has been created.

starting PointStart : Balland Lane

The Walk

A From Roborough lane turn into a public footpath called Terrace Walk.
Alternatively, from the town centre, continue along North Street. After 400m turn right onto Terrace Walk and follow hedge on left.

B At Cuddiford Cross cross road into another footpath - do not cross bridge - and follow the river into the woods.

C Where the path crosses the river turn right into a track.

D Continue past Lower Whiddon Farm - some stretches here can be muddy after heavy rain. When you join a lane turn right.

E Take left fork and continue down a lane.

F At public footpath sign turn right.

G Turn right at the end of this footpath into a lane then almost immediately right again into Rew Road. Continue past Sports Hall and take first lane on left back to Roborough lane.


Balland Lane or Pay & Display Car Park in Ashburton (free on Sundays)

parkingBalland Lane SATNAV :TQ13 7BX

There is one steady climb.

Map of Walk 1

3.9 miles
1 hr 40 mins
tracks bridle/ paths
main roads
0 %
altitude range
87 - 217 m
quality of track


  Walks near Ashburton
 South Brent
A great walk to explore Bent Moor & the river Avon following public footpaths and green lanes.- stunning views at the top
Various popular and scenic walks to explore the beautiful area around Buckfast Abbey
Carefully selected walks with easy car access!
 Bovey Tracey
This popular and fairly easy walk follows well maintained footpaths through the beautiful Parke estate, near Bovey Tracey, now belonging to the National Trust.

Walk 2 Town Trail (1.6 miles)


Taylors , 5 North Stmore cream tea walks
This is one of our 'Thirty Minute Walks'

A short but enjoyable walk exploring Ashburton.

Ashburton Bull Ring

Picture was taken more than 100 years ago showing 'the Bull Ring' , named after a sport which was banned in 1835. Notice the gas street light and island.


Pay & Display Town Centre (Free on Sundays)

Map of Walk 2