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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
Attributes: Other Paths
Former Railway
Cycle Route
Start: SX482743 - Tavistock, Devon View on StreetMap
Finish: SX460539 - Plymouth, Devon View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Drake's Trail

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External download Drake's Trail  (Devon County Council  - 2013 ) Download


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

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Bunk House

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.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger 191, 201
OS Landranger Active 191, 201
OS Explorer 20, 28, 108
OS Explorer Active 20, 28, 108

Accommodation within 5 km of this Path:

Bunk House
3 km
6 km

Connected Paths:


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Route Profile:

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

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