The vast network of quiet lanes, open countryside and beautiful coastal path, make North Devon and Cornwall the ideal location for walking holidays. With many of the old dis-used railway tracks having been converted into dedicated paths and cycle ways, including the Ruby, Tarka and Camel Trails, that are both ideal and interesting for both dedicated ramblers and for families with children.

The Old Shippon at Dunsdon Farm is the ideal location to base yourself whether for families on a gentle ramble, or hardened walkers who want to scale the many Torrs or Dartmoor. So for walking holidays in Devon,The Old Shippon at Dunsdon Farm is an ideal location to base yourself.


In addition to the holiday accommodation we provide a secure stone barn complete with cycle racks (for six cycles), and an area for storing your equipment, with the addition of cycle washing facilities nearby.

Devon County Council
Walking & Riding Information – Devon Walking Holidays including walking Holidays in North Devon.

Cornwall County Council
South West Coast Path –

Ruby Trail

The Ruby Country is a beautiful, tranquil, clean, unspoilt and undiscovered area in the heart of rural Devon.

Enclosed by Dartmoor, Exmoor and the north coast of Devon and Cornwall, Ruby Country is the ideal base for a magical, relaxing visit to the West Country.

Ruby Country is part of Devon comprising many villages and hamlets surrounding the market towns of Holsworthy and Hatherleigh. With diverse heritage, culture and landscape there are many distinctive facets reflected in the high quality goods, services and activities being delivered in the area.

Historically a livestock farming area, Ruby Country takes its name from the Devon Ruby Red cattle famed in the area for their resilience and association with the grazing the challenging culm grassland environment.


Tarka Trail

The Tarka Trail is a pedestrian and cycle way that runs in a 180 mile figure-of-eight through landscapes little changed from those described by Henry Williamson in his classic 1927 novel Tarka the Otter.

It is a fantastic and sustainable way to explore from the coast, through deeply incised river valleys with ancient tangled woodland to the productive farmland and moorland higher up the catchments.

The Trail passes through towns such as Lynmouth, Barnstaple, Bideford, Torrington, Okehampton and Ilfracombe, and parts of it coincide with the South West Coast Path, the Two Moors Way and the Dartmoor Way.


Camel Trail

The Camel Trail is a recreational multi use trail, providing access to the beautiful Cornish countryside along a disused railway line between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow. As the final leg of the Atlantic Coast Express journey from Waterloo, winding alongside the spectacular Camel Estuary, the line was immortalised in ‘Betjeman’s Cornwall’ as “the most beautiful train journey I know”.

The Camel Trail is carefully maintained, as it runs through both a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) the Camel Trail is run with conservation and the environment as a major consideration.

The Camel Trail is an 18 mile largely traffic free, surfaced and virtually level multi use trail which passes through some of the most spectacular countryside in the south west.

The trail hugs the Camel Estuary from Padstow to Wadebridge before joining the route through the deeply incised and beautifully wooded Camel Valley to Bodmin. At Bodmin yet another line, one of the most historic in the country, winds its way inland to the foot of Bodmin Moor where it comes to an end near Blisland, an extraordinarily pretty moorland village.


South West Coast Path

The South West Coast Path National Trail is one of the top walks to be found anywhere in the world. With 630 miles of superb coastline, heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery. truly inspirational and every day walking, bringing stunning new experiences.



Dartmoor is more than just landscape, ponies or the tors, its history or heritage.  It’s about getting out there, experiencing new things. Dartmoor is a living, breathing and working landscape that holds the secret to a past that stretches back centuries, and a future both sustainable and green..


Bodmin Moor

One of the last unspoilt areas in the South west of England, Bodmin Moor, which was first farmed by Bronze Age settlers over 4000 years ago.

The dramatic granite tors dominate the open expanses of moorland, marshes and bog, leading to deep river valleys and oak woodland.


Tamar Lakes

Near Bude on the North Cornwall coast, these two lakes offer a variety of activities including watersports, angling, walking, cycling and relaxing. Having a pretty 3 mile path/cycleway around the lakes.


The Old Shippon Welcomes Cyclists
The Old Shippon Welcomes Families
The Old Shippon Welcomes Pets
The Old Shippon Welcomes Walkers