Leave the car behind and come walking in Ruby Country
The rural beauty and tranquility of Ruby Country makes it an ideal place to explore on foot. There are many possible routes to follow through breath taking scenery, with ever changing wildlife. As the seasons change, watch the wildlife and landscape respond. Walking in Ruby Country gives you space to think, breathe and be at one with yourself.
If you are planning your own routes Ruby Country is covered by OS Explorer maps 111, 112, 112 and 126. It is easy to link a visit to Ruby Country from the Tarka Trail and it will soon be possible to walk through Ruby Country into Cornwall along the Ruby Way, and from Cookworthy Forest to Dartmoor National Park along the Pegasus Way.
There are many places to stay and use as a base for a walking holiday in Ruby Country, browse accommodation here
Walking in Ruby Country is easy. The trails follow way-marked routes starting from Holsworthy, Hatherleigh, Bradworthy, Cookbury, Sheepwash, Petrockstowe, Tetcott and Germansweek. There is a series of 8 Ruby Trails available for you to download below or you can purchase these from Holsworthy Visitor information Centre and the Ruby Country centre in Cookworthy Forest.
With over 730 acres of water,Roadford Lake managed by the South West Lakes Trust is a spectacular lake in Ruby Country set on the edge of Dartmoor between Okehampton and Launceston. On the southern bank is the Lakeside cafe and Function Suite which includes a Visitor Centre. The Lakeside cafe and gift shop and Visitor Centre are open daily.
Visitors to this side of the lake can enjoy miles of footpaths and a cycleway which winds its way through a maturing planted forest overlooking the Lake.
Another lake managed by South West Lakes Trust is Tamar Lakes This lake is located in the north west of Ruby Country on the border with Cornwall and offers something for everyone, from water sports to birdwatching.
There are many miles of paths following the shorelines of the two lakes, meandering through woodland and on to open countryside.
The Bude Canal comprised a mini-network of waterways on the Devon/Cornwall border. It is of considerable historic interest, featuring some of the most unusual and ingenious engineering of the canal-building era. The Aqueduct branch of the system, which is the length in the ownership of the Bude Canal Trust, was the original feeder arm for the whole system, although it was later also used as part of the general canal network.
The Bude Canal Trust is a charity whose aims are to retain the historic interest while managing what has become an important wildlife area. The 5-mile footpath along the old towpath gives an opportunity for all to enjoy this wonderful facility.
Download the Bude Aquaduct walk
Download Bude Canal Trails this leaflet was produced by Devon County Council.
Owned by the Forestry Commission Cookworthy Forest is an impressive conifer plantation in the gentle hills of West Devon, between Okehampton and Bude. A walk in Cookworthy Forest will bring you in close contact with a wide variety of wildlife including ravens, buzzards and red deer.
Download a guide to Cookworthy Forest, including a 2 mile circular walk.
Halwill Junction Nature Reserve
Owned and managed by Devon Wildlife Trust, Halwill Junction Nature Reserve is a disused railway line with a variety of habitats. It was purchased by DWT from British Rail in 1990. Recently the old railway track has been converted into a surfaced cycle path connecting Halwill Junction to Cookworthy Forest.
Download the Halwill Junction Nature Reserve Guide for more information
Dunsdon Nature Reserve
Owned and managed by Devon Wildlife Trust, Dunsdon Nature Reserve contains probably the single most important example in England of a type of pasture known locally as Culm grassland. Located about 5 miles from Holsworthy on the border with Cornwall Dunsdon is a great place to visit with good walks through a rare habitat with outstanding wildlife.
Download the Dunsdon Nature Reserve Guide for more information.
Walking in Devon
There are a selection of walking routes in the nearby North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty available to download.