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THE TOP 5 WALKS IN NORTH DEVON
Walking is arguably one of the best outdoor activities; by varying the level of difficulty, you can get friends and family of any age involved. What’s more, a good walk can be the perfect way to explore an area and appreciate your surroundings. So, whether you want to challenge yourself and clamber along cliff-tops or simply take a stroll to take in the views, the West Country has some of the best walking spots around. Read on to discover our top five!
Yes, its name can be literally translated to “Death Point” but don’t let that put you off! The sheer rock faces, known as “Morte Slates”, were once the site of many shipwrecks but now this beautiful peninsula on the North-West coast of Devon belongs to the National Trust and is looked after as such. The terrain is strenuous and will provide a challenge for any avid walkers out there. The routes can take anywhere between 1 and 3 hours depending on the direction you head off in but boasts a distance of approximately 6 miles circular. You’re sure to have a spectacular view either way and, if you’re lucky, you may even see a few seals pop their heads out to say hello!
Baggy Point overlooks Croyde, one of the best surfing beaches in North Devon. There are several routes you can take, all of which vary in difficulty but the easy-access route is a family friendly, easy-going walk that measures around 2 miles and can be completed within one hour. The path is well-defined and level enough to allow access for wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and prams, providing a lovely day out for the whole family, which can be rounded off with a visit to the tea room! However, just because the walk can be classed as easy doesn’t mean you should expect it to be boring. The area is a designated site of scientific interest due to its geological features, and the coastal views are expansive and picturesque.
Heddons Mouth is another fairly gentle route, perfect for those of you who aren’t professional hikers and just fancy some fresh air. It takes around an hour to walk this 2 mile route through ancient woodland, along the River Heddon. There are easy-access paths throughout the walk and one or two slight inclines to raise your heartbeat just a little – nothing so drastic that it’ll take your mind off the potential otter sightings, though! This is one of the few non-coastal paths included in this list (although you can follow the route until the river meets the sea), but rest assured that you won’t be disappointed by the views you’ll encounter along the way, as you walk between some of England’s highest cliffs.
Torridge Tarka Trail
This trail runs parallel to an abandoned railway and the Torridge Estuary, and is accessible to both wheelchairs and cyclists. The walk is approximately 3-4 miles long and while it may not feature some of the most dramatic scenery that North Devon has to offer, it is no less interesting with beautiful views of the Appledore Shipyard.
Watersmeet is yet another highly versatile route, one that can give you blisters and sore limbs from exertion or, if you’d rather, can provide you with a family-friendly outing. Watersmeet to Ash Bridge is only 2.2 miles long and can be completed in under an hour. The trail winds its way through luscious woodland, parallel to the East Lynn River, while the path beginning at Lynmouth can take you way up above the landscape, providing exceptionally scenic routes. You can also stop for an hour or two at Watersmeet House, a former fishing lodge which has been converted into a delightful tea room.
The list of places to see is truly endless but hopefully, our top five walks in the West Country have given you a good place to start. Don’t forget to bring some binoculars, pack up a picnic and take in the views.
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