Favourite Devon Walks
  Popular Buckfastleigh Walks
4 Popular Walks
buckfast abbey Buckfast Abbey
Walk 1 Buckfastleigh
 2.4 miles (1 hour)
 difficulty 2/4 (easy)
Walk 2 Buckfast Abbey to Holne
 6.5 miles (2h 40)
 difficulty 3/4 (challenging)
Walk 3 Town Trail
 1.2 miles (30 mins)
 difficulty 2/4 (easy)
Walk 4 Long Distance walk to Totnes
 8 miles (3h 20)
 difficulty 4/4 (challenging)

Buckfastleigh, a medieval market town, is a popular tourist attraction.

The name implies 'a place where buck and deer were kept'.


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Walk 1
Buckfastleigh (2.4 miles)


A very pleasant short walk to Buckfastleigh and the ruins of a church destroyed by fire.There is an option to see some cave entrances.

There are some steep steps to climb.

Point of InterestBuckfast Abbey the Valiant Soldier

A This short walk starts at Buckfast Abbey and after a steady climb turn left at the crossroads then first right as it descends into Buckfastleigh.

BThe village , according to White, had 'about 300 woolcombers, several corn mills, and four blanket and serge mills; and has quarries of limestone and a sort of black marble.

C There are still 4 pubs in Buckfastleigh. The walk passes the famous Valiant Soldier, a place where time stood still; it was closed in the 1960s.

D Continue and cross a bridge across the Mardle. Next, turn left onto a public footpath and up some fairly steep steps .

E The parish Church (Holy Trinity) stands on an eminence, ascended by 144 steps, and is a large antique structure, which has been restored and beautified since June, 1844.'
Unfortunately most of the church was destroyed in a fire on 21st July 1992.
You can still see the now metal barred tomb of the Cabells.

Arthur Conan Doyle Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was inspired to write the 'Hound of the Baskervilles' after visiting the tomb of the Cabells.
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From here you can see the caves of Higher Kiln Quarry  . Route shown from centre of church.

Map of Higher Kiln Caves
Map of Higher Kiln Caves

FThe caves are maintained by the Devon Wildlife Trust and not open to the public.

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Walk 2
Buckfast Abbey to Holne (6.5 miles)

Difficulty:Church House Inn Holne

Church House Inn Holne

A longer but equally delightful walk follows the Dartmoor Way & Two Moor Way.The fauna can be stunning with yellow flags & blue bells in late spring.

busy traffic Part of the Dartmoor way follows a relatively busy country lane.

Church House Inn at Holne has real character and is well worth a visit. It is under new management and serves great lunches and evening meals ! (July 2019)

Danny La Rue Holne is the birthplace of Charles Kingsley, author of Westward Ho! & the Water Babies
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. Restaurant, Buckfast Abbey


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Walk 3
 Town Trail (1.2 miles)


This is one of our 'Thirty Five Minute Walks'

A pleasant walk to explore the charm of Buckfastleigh.

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Walk 4
Long Distance walk to Totnes (8 miles)
Totnes High Street
Totnes High Street


Using mainly quiet lanes and public footpaths this pleasant walk via Staverton and Dartington Cyder Press connects the Dartmoor Way with the John Musgrave Heritage Trail.

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