Best Buckland-Monachorum Walks


Sir Francis Drake lived in Buckland Abbey (National Trust) near Buckland - Monachorum ,  land owned by the monks.

The monks built a church dedicated to St Andrew, where Drake's ship is carved on one of the pews.

Point of InterestWhat to explore?
  • Garden House
  • Buckland Abbey (National Trust)
Where to Eat?
The Drake Manor Inn

Walk 1 Bucktor (3.9 miles)

Drake Manor


A very pleasant circular country walk from Buckland-Monachorum 's church following public foot / bridle paths and quiet lanes.

After heavy rain, some stretches can be
quite muddy.

It includes a steady climb and descent.

The Walk

A Follow path to left of church , near the 12th century village pub the Drake Manor Inn.

Follow this public path for one mile almost in a straight line to a country lane, with North Plantation on your left.

B Cross road and continue for 100 m and turn left into a path, You now join part of the West Devon Way to Tavistock.

Continue for 1.6 miles in a north westerly direction following signs for the West Devon Way .

Ignore paths either side of this route.

Hilly surroundings

C At the top ( an area called Bucktor) leave the West Devon Way and turn left into a bridle path .

Continue descending back towards Buckland-Monachorum.

D Turn right at a country lane then after the bend turn left into a public footpath.


Profile of Walk


Buckland-Monachorum Walk

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 Tamar Trails
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A great pub walk to Meavy and Burrator Reservoir with spectacular views of a dramatic landscape featured in the film 'War Horse' .
Princetown offers the walker spectacular views of Dartmoor's almost volcanic landscapes.
Relive a railway journey through quarries.

Walk 2 River Walkham (3.9 miles)



A very popular pub walk along the river Walkham.

Some stretches along the river are uneven and the route includes various climbs.

As parking is limited in the village we recommend parking in a car park off the A386 - see below.

parkingSee map ; limited spaces near bridge across the Walkham .
parkingBedford Bridge Car Park
PL20 7RZ