Devon Maps and Guide Books

Below are listed general maps and guide books for Devon, and also walking guides and maps. Scroll down to find the most useful for yourself.

General guide books

  • The Rough Guide to Devon and Cornwall
  • Lonely Planet – Devon and Cornwall
  • Insight Guide – Great Breaks – Devon and Cornwall
  • Marco Polo – Devon and Cornwall
  • Goldeneye – Devon

Slow Travel Guide Books

Local, characterful guides to Britain’s Special Places: the essential companion guides to discovering not just the obvious and most popular sites, but also for getting off the beaten track and understanding what makes this gorgeous part of the country tick.

Much of the information has appeared in no other guidebook as the authors uncover the lesser-known charms of the region as well as different aspects of the more popular places, together with colourful characters from the past, folk history, and literary links from Agatha Christie to Conan Doyle.

The guide has a special emphasis on car-free travel: walking, cycling and river boats, as well as local buses and trains. Local food is covered, while accommodation and places to eat and drink have been hand-selected by the authors, from idyllically located campsites to stylish boutique B&Bs, with additional advice from a Devon-based tour operator who has personally tested many restaurants and hotels. Colourful and witty writing, along with the authors’ enthusiasm for their subject, makes the guides a pleasure to read. 

Devon – 40 Coast and Country Walks

From the crumbly rhubarb-and-cream-coloured cliffs of the Jurassic Coast in the southeast to the surf-stroked craggy coves in the north, across the wilderness and woodland of Dartmoor and Exmoor, and through the verdant valleys and great green grazing lands of the dairy belt – Devon is a county of exquisite contrasts and natural wonder.

Whether you’re looking for an easy afternoon stroll along the shore, a riverside ramble to an atmospheric country pub or a tor-topping trek on the moors, there’s something to suit every boot in Patrick Kinsella’s inspiring collection of 40 Devon coast and country walks.

Top 10 Walks using the South West Coast Path

Coastal Pub Walks: South Devon

Walks to amazing pubs along the South West Coast Path (Top 10 Walks: South West Coast Path)

One of seven books in the new Top 10 Walks: South West Coast Path series, these attractive and cleverly structured guides will give walkers ten of the best short circular walks along each of the five sections of the 630-mile long South West Coast Path in a popular pocket-size format.

With clear information, an overview and introduction for each walk, expertly written numbered directions, large scale Ordnance Survey maps, superb eye-grabbing panoramic photograph, and interpretations of points of interest along the way, these guides set a new standard in clarity and ease-of-use.

Featured pub walks along the South Devon Coast include: Ship Inn, Noss Mayo; Dolphin Inn, Kingston; Sloop Inn, Bantham; Hope & Anchor, Hope Cove; Pig’s Nose inn, East Prawle; Cricket Inn, Beesands; Steam Packet Inn, Kingswear; King’s Arms, Otterton; Swan Inn, Sidmouth and the Fountain Head, Branscombe.

South Devon Coast

Ten of the best short circular walks along the South West Coast Path in a popular pocket-size format.

With clear information, an overview and introduction for each walk, expertly written numbered directions, large scale Ordnance Survey maps, superb eye-grabbing panoramic photographs, and interpretation of points of interest along the way, these guides set a new standard in clarity and ease-of-use.

Featured walks include: Gara Point, Bolt Tail, Bolt Head, Prawle Point, Start Point, Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth, Branscombe and Beer Head.

Somerset & North Devon Coast

Featured walks along the Somerset & North Devon Coast include: Minehead and Burgundy Chapel, Foreland Point, Woody Bay, Bull Point and Morte Point, Croyde Bay, Clovelly, Hartland Point, Hartland Quay, Morwenstow and Bude Bay & Coombe Valley.

The South West Coast Path from Minehead to South Haven Point. And the Jurassic Coast Path.

The South West Coast Path: The South West Coast Path National Trail (SWCP) measures a staggering 630 miles (1015km) from Minehead on the Somerset coast right round Devon and Cornwall to Poole in Dorset.

The guidebook divides the route into 45 stages of between 12.5- 37.5km beginning and ending where amenities are available. No other stretch of coastline compares for scenic splendour, historical sites and availability of refreshments, accommodation and public transport, making it easy to split the South West Coast Path into week or weekend-long sections.

The Jurassic Coast Path: This guidebook describes 30 walking routes along the Devon-Dorset coast. The majority of the routes hug the shoreline between Torbay and Swanage, while others venture inland on the Dorset Downs. The walks range in length from 3 to 20 miles (5 to 33km) and are suitable for most walkers, with shorter routes alongside plenty of more challenging, full-day hikes. As well as detailed descriptions for every walk, accompanied by OS maps, there are details on available parking, points of interest along the way and advice on the terrain covered.

The guide has been divided into areas: Devon’s Red Beds, the Lias, Chesil Beach, Chalk walks (Lulworth and inland) and the Isle of Purbeck. The geological descriptions are accompanied by strata diagrams, geological timelines, explanations of the creation of the various sedimentary rocks along the coast, and discussion of how and why the various formations formed millennia ago. The incredible – yet readable – detail brings these walks and the landscape alive.

The Jurassic Coast of Devon and Dorset, stretching between Exeter and Bournemouth, is a geological wonderland. Natural wonders like Chesil Beach, Durdle Door and fossils so numerous you’ll be tripping over them, combine with southern England’s rolling Downs, tiny villages, beaches and sunny summers to provide a stunning and awe-inspiring landscape to explore.

Pathfinder Outstanding Circular Walks

  • South Devon and Dartmoor
  • North and Mid Devon
  • Dartmoor

Circular Walks

  • The South Hams and South Devon
  • North Devon and Exmoor
  • East Devon including the Blackdown Hills
  • Central Devon

50 Walks in Devon (AA 50 Walks series)

Walking is one of Britain’s favourite leisure activities, and this guide features a variety of mapped walks to suit all abilities. The book features all of the practical detail you need, accompanied by fascinating background reading on the history and wildlife of Devon, and cear mapping for ease of use. Every route has been colour coded according to difficulty. All walks are annotated with local points of interest and places to stop for refreshments. Every walk is given a summary of distance, time, gradient, level of difficulty, type of surface and access, landscape, dog friendliness, parking and public toilets.

Wild Guides

Devon, Cornwall and South West (Wild Guides): This compendium of adventures features the best wild places to visit in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset, with luscious places to eat and stay and ideas for weekend itineraries.

  • The best secret beaches and wild swimming locations
  • Amazing ancient woodlands and wildlife spectacles
  • Top picnic places and wild flower meadows
  • Lost ruins, hidden castles and sacred stones
  • Caverns, caves, grottoes and follies
  • Sunset hillforts, night walks and campfire camping
  • Treehouses, yurts and gypsy caravans
  • Best artisanal food, seasonal eating and traditional pubs
  • Featuring stunning photos and engaging travel writing, this is the perfect book for those seeking new adventures with the family, or dreaming up the ultimate romantic weekend escape.

Wild Swimming Walks Dartmoor and South Devon: Wild swimming walks leads you on 28 adventures into the beautiful scenery and wild swimming paradise of Dartmoor and South Devon.

Discover wooded river pools and tumbling waterfalls, secret coves and amazing sea caves, safe in the company of Devon s two most intrepid and fun-loving explorers. All the walking routes include places to swim and ideas for pubs and refreshments along the route.

Join the adventure with this inspirational guide to one of England s most popular walking and wild swimming regions – Dartmoor and the South Devon coast.

This is an iconic landscape of haunted lakes, ancient woodland, hidden rivers and one of the most beautiful coastlines in Britain Complete with photos and practical guidance, and rich with local history and legend, this book will appeal to wild swimmers, family explorers, nature lovers and walkers alike. Including detailed directions, maps and downloadable route information to print out or take with you on your phone or tablet.

A Leisurely Guide to the South West Coast Path: Minehead to Westward Ho!

The secrets and history of the picturesque fishing villages and dramatic … Somerset and Lundy Island.

The South West Coast Path is repeatedly described as one of the world’s greatest walks. Trekking an average of eleven miles a day, the 630-mile National Trail takes around eight weeks to complete, with most walkers undertaking the path in weekly sections spread over several years.

Following this relaxing pace, A Leisurely Guide to the South West Coast Path takes an in-depth and entertaining look at the UK’s longest and most scenic National Trail.

Covering the first week of walking from Minehead to Westward Ho! the fully illustrated guide explores everything from the coast path’s flora and fauna to local customs and traditions, stopping off at picturesque fishing villages with their centuries-old pubs en route.

Additional chapters explore the counties of Somerset and Devon, Exmoor National Park and Lundy Island.

OS Explorer maps of Devon

1:25,000 Scale. The Ordnance Survey’s most detailed maps – every 4cm on the map is 1km, making it perfect for most activities including walking, running, and cycling.

With maps showing ‘Mobile Download’ you will receive a code for use on your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet.

OS Landranger Maps of Devon

1:50 000 scale Ordnance Survey maps.

With maps showing ‘Mobile Download’ you will receive a code for use on your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet.

Walking Journal for Walkers or Ramblers

This guided journal is perfect for recording your walks.

  • List the walks you want to do
  • Each walk will have a double page spread with prompts for your records
  • 52 walk records so a whole year’s worth if you do a special walk once a week
  • Favourite walks section at the end so you can remember your favourites

Perfect for anyone who wants to do more walking, either for fitness or social reasons.

Great present for anyone loves walking or rambling or treat yourself. 

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For Devon cycle maps and guide books, see the Bike Ride Maps website