Walks to Work Up a Thirst
The south west is a great place to visit if you love to ramble, not matter if you are looking for an afternoon stroll to find a local a beauty spot or wish to embark on a challenging hike.
Where else can you walk 630 miles along superb coastline? The mixture of heritage, wildlife & scenery is truly awe-inspiring & a walk along the coastal paths is a great way to work up a thirst & an appetite. A pub walk is also a great way to taste a variety of cider (after all, the region is famous for it!) & sample locally sourced food; not only will you be helping to support the farmers & fisherman but you also get to taste the freshest produce.
Meadfoot & London Bridge
This circular walk is based around Torquay Harbour and has splendid views out across Tor Bay. Torbay is known as the English Riviera due to its southerly location, which brings a balmy climate to the area. Tropical plants can be seen flourishing in the numerous parks & many of the gardens attached to the elegant Victorian hotels. The walk is reasonably gentle with a mix of country paths, quite roads & a few steps. We highly recommend the Rockfish restaurant & takeaway on Victoria Parade in Torquay, which serves some of the best sustainable seafood.
This short stroll is 2.5 miles in length & can also be found in the Torbay area. There are some steep ascents & descents in places but nothing too challenging. If you choose this walk you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to places to eat & drink, with no less than 7 pubs & cafes on the walk itself & another 2 within easy walking distance. Children will love the dramatic outlook over the cliffs as well as the adventure playground feel of the route; make sure they keep an eye out for the Devil in his limestone cave!
A Dart Estuary Walk
The Dart Estuary Walk has a little bit of everything so should appeal to everyone - from magnificent views which can be seen whilst walking along the estuary to being able to explore the magical seaside town of Dartmouth. Dartmouth is full of quaint cafes where you can put your feet up & sip cream tea or tuck into some fresh fish dishes. The route is 5.6 miles in length so is the perfect walk if you are looking for something to do on a sunny afternoon.
Bolt Tail & Burleigh Dolts
This circular walk can be found at Malborough & the route goes between two Iron Age enclosures thought to have been built over 2000 years ago. This a great walk during any season but it particularly pleasant in summer when high cliffs are fringed with wildflowers & the smell of honeysuckle fills the air. Being mostly a cliff top walk, the route is fairly challenging as the footpaths can get muddy & is uneven for a lot of the way. Make sure to stop at the Hope and Anchor Inn at Hope Cove. This pub/restaurant has a spacious deck which overlooks the sandy beach & is a wonderful place to take families for some alfresco dining.
Bantham to Thurlestone
If you love the beach then this is the walk for you! Not only are both beaches sandy but Thurlestone is also dog friendly (out of season). Children will love to play in dunes & splash about in the sea. This is a good walk in the spring time when there is crisp air & plenty of birdsong. Whilst strolling through the heart of Thurlestone village you will spot the 16th century traditional pub, The Village Inn, with beams salvaged from Spanish Armada ships wrecked on the nearby coast. The pub prides itself on offering good service, well kept real ales, an extensive wine list and a superb selection of freshly prepared meals.