24th September 2019
Wonderful Winter Walks
Wrap up warm and enjoy the fresh air as you take the time to discover one of the many wonderful walking locations this winter. Here is our pick of the most beautiful walks around the Devon countryside and coast.
Baggy Point is one of the most breath-taking and beautiful climbs in the country. It separates Croyde Bay and Morte Bay which includes the beaches of Woolacombe and Putsborough. This short circular walk along the western flank of Baggy Point will reward you with far-reaching coastal, sea and farmland views. It's also an excellent place to see wildflowers and for a spot of bird-watching.
The bracing walk up to Hartland Point offers stunning views of the Bristol Channel, the North Devon Coastline and the island of Lundy. Hartland Quay is situated on the South West Coastal Path and the surrounding area is designated as ‘Heritage Coastline’ and as an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. The cliff walks, with their extensive coastal panoramas and wealth of wildflowers are on a par with walking anywhere in Europe.
Fancy roaming the riverside and exploring some of the history of North Devon?
Park at the Commons in Great Torrington and take in some of the beautiful views and take a stroll over the rolling hills and wander through the woodland gardens.
You can also roam around RHS Rosemoor and see the spring blooms starting to bring their bright colours to life.
The Windford Valley Walk is part of the 2700 acre Arlington Estate. The wooded walk features fairly easy terrain with one section of steps and one steady climb, which will take walkers through a variety of lush, wooded walks.
Wellington’s are recommended as the public footpaths can be muddy. For those who enjoy long walks, Arlington House is a great stopping point of a nice cup of tea (walkers are advised to check Arlington House opening times before arrival).
On the fringes of Exmoor you'll discover the beautiful Heddon Valley. Beginning in Heddon Valley, you’ll travel along one of the loveliest parts of the renowned South West Coast Path national trail.
It's the perfect place to take in a river walk, wooded pathways and a beautiful beach too.
Follow the river to emerge at the sea, and take in all the unbeatable views along the way.
There is plenty to enjoy in Westward Ho!, from the pebble ridge to Abbotsham cliffs. Beaches. Cliffs, spit, salt march, rocky foreshore and sand dunes are some of the spectacular examples of the seaside features in Westward Ho!
Enjoy a roam over Northam Burrows, walk the vast expanse of sand, or enjoy a fresh sea breeze from the cliffside.
Walks around here explore how these landforms were created, how the town founders took advantage of the sea and how residents today face a constant battle against the changing coastline.
Step into a whole other world at Braunton Burrows - a designated biosphere.
Explore the expansive sand dune system of this beautiful nature reserve on the North Devon Coast and enjoy wildlife, coastal views and a variety of specialised plants. As the second-largest sand dune system in the world, Braunton Burrows covers nearly 900 hectares.
There is heaps of flora and fauna to discover as you follow the winding boardwalks or climb the dunes. You can even head down Velator and explore the less-touristy Crow Point end of Saunton beach.
Walk the burrows this winter and experience North Devon’s rare beauty for yourselves.
If you want a view worth the climb, we can definitely recommend climbing some of the hills around Ilfracombe.
From short walks up Capstone to exploring the zig-zag paths of the Torrs, there is something for everyone.
And the best bit is that afterwards, you can head into the town for fish and chips or an ice-cream!
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Would you like some accommodation to turn a visit to these winter wonderlands into a North Devon break? Here at The Royal & Fortescue Hotel, we're ideally located in the heart of the region, meaning all of these glorious winter walks are never far away.