There is nothing better than a walk in the countryside to kick-start getting fit and healthy for the new year and across our two counties we are spoilt for choice.

From exploring Dartmoor with its forests, streams and wildlife to one of our glorious beaches sandy beaches, it’s safe to say when it comes to stretching your legs we’re not short of places to choose from.

As England has now entered its third national lockdown, people are looking for ways that they can keep fit and healthy both mentally and physically, especially as we’ve entered the New Year and many people’s resolutions tend to involve getting more active.



If you want to get your body moving but don’t fancy doing jumping jacks with Joe Wicks or taking part in running 5K like we’ve seen many people participate in with the previous lockdowns, there is still a way to keep active – walking!

Luckily, Clarks has conducted new research and has analysed over 5,000 TripAdvisor listings revealing 63 of The Best Kept Secret walks to take in Devon and Cornwall

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The destinations in the list have been ranked by the lowest number of reviews, but with the highest concentration of 5-star ratings to identify the most secluded but wonderful spots in the country, perfect if you want a more secluded stroll.

Sebastian Edwards, Men’s Business Manager at Clarks said: “Devon and Cornwall are typically renowned for amazing stretches of coastline, which is certainly true – but for a quieter seaside stroll, our research showed that Scotland is home to seven of the top ten best kept secret beaches in the UK.

“With the analysis covering every county in the country, however, there should be parks, forests, beaches, and hiking trails closer to home for everyone to enjoy while social distancing. Our stores remain closed for the second lockdown, but we’re committed to helping our customers find their ultimate pair of boots online to enjoy the outdoors in this season.”

Here’s the list of the best walks in Devon :

  1. Salcombe to Gara Rock Walk
  2. RSPB Chapel Wood Nature Reserve
  3. North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  4. Mutley Park
  5. The South West Coast Path
  6. Fire Beacon Hill Local Nature Reserve
  7. Barricane Beach
  8. Heddon Valley
  9. Simmons Park
  10. Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve
  11. The Garden House
  12. Crow Point
  13. Marwood Hill Gardens
  14. Putsborough Marine Drive Walk
  15. Welcombe Mouth Beach
  16. Plym Valley Cycle Trail
  17. Tavistock Canal
  18. West Down Beacon Walk
  19. The Two Moors Way
  20. Ness Cove
  21. Victoria Park
  22. Sandy Bay Beach
  23. Tessier Gardens
  24. Runnymede Gardens
  25. Breakwater Beach
  26. Broadsands Beach
  27. Templer Way
  28. Goodrington Park
  29. Radford Park and Arboretum
  30. Teignmouth Town Beach

And the continued list for Cornwall:

  1. Lanhydrock and Respryn Circular Walk
  2. Portmellon & Bodrugan’s Leap Walk
  3. Rilla Mill and Plushabridge circular walk
  4. Minions, Hurlers and Cheesewring circular walk
  5. Mylor to Flushing circular walk
  6. Tanglewood Wild Garden
  7. Porth Joke Beach
  8. Rocky Valley
  9. Creeks and Coves: Bodinnick, Polruan and Fowey
  10. Padstow to Harlyn Bay Trail
  11. Luxulyan Valley Circular Walk
  12. Mawgan Porth Beach
  13. Walk Bude- Coastal & Canal
  14. Chapel Porth Beach
  15. Porthkidney Sands
  16. Rock Beach
  17. Trevone Bay Beach
  18. Kit Hill Country Park
  19. Porthowan Beach
  20. St Catherine’s Castle, Fowey
  21. Rosemullion Head Circular
  22. Mevagissey, Heligan & the Prehistoric Tin Stream
  23. Gyllyngvase Beach
  24. Towan Beach
  25. Talland Bay & the Giant’s Hedge Walk
  26. Coronation Park and Boating Lake
  27. Vault Beach
  28. Victoria Gardens
  29. Roughtor and Brown Willy circular walk
  30. Lamorran Wood
  31. Victoria Park
  32. Wacker Quay
  33. Goss Morr Multi-Use Trail





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