The Royal Oak Inn, Meavy: an easy trudge with plenty to see
The pub: as one of the finest country pubs on Dartmoor, the Royal Oak Inn has all the trimmings you'd expect – a cosy log fire, tasty, uncomplicated food and an ever-flowing parade of friendly regulars. The walk begins and ends at the pub, so you could start your day with a local scrumpy then finish with a classic ploughman's lunch. It doesn't get much better than that.
The walk: this gentle, circular walk takes you from Meavy to Sheepstor, before looping back via Lovaton. Along the way, you'll visit a 15th-century church, a medieval stone cross and a tranquil Victorian reservoir. This one's good for beginners who want to see lots of local scenery without busting their walking boots. If you prefer, you can shorten the walk by a mile or so.
Key information: Easy difficulty, with a few stiles and one steep ascent. Five miles long. Download the route here.