Walking in Devon
Devon is a wonderful place for a walking holiday. The whole of the North Devon coastline is mapped out on the South West Coast Path, which includes dramatic treks along moorland and clifftops as well as softer jaunts along beaches, through woodland and pretty villages. For the views, the cliffs to the east of Ilfracombe – some of the highest in England – are hard to beat, offering magnificent glimpses of the Bristol Channel. There are also lovely walks up the wooded valleys of the north coast, including the Heddon and East Lyn rivers.
Exmoor is blessed with over 600 miles of rights-of-way, which means walkers and their four-legged friends could spend months – years even – getting to know this wild and unspoilt corner of Britain. Whether it’s a bracing jaunt across windy moorland or a gentle stroll along a brook in the shade of ancient woodland, Exmoor delivers every time.
For those who like to follow well-known long-distance routes, there are three that cross Exmoor – the South West Coast Path, the Tarka Trail and the Two Moors Way. Another option is the Coleridge Way, which starts in the Quantocks in Somerset but, for its latter portion, crosses the north end of Exmoor. It’s a route that takes you through the landscape that inspired the poet, ensuring plenty of pit stops in villages with tea rooms and pubs. There’s also a delightful short route near Liscombe, a circular jaunt along the riverside that involves crossing Tarr Steps, the longest clapper bridge in the country!
If you prefer to discover a path of your own, Exmoor offers an abundance of routes. Rest assured, whichever you choose, you’ll find the park a place of unique peace, where you can often have the landscape to yourself (even in summer) and cars are a distant memory!