The team at Westcountry Resorts have shared Devon’s best winter walks… has your favourite made their list?
When the cold weather sets in, many of us will only consider going for a walk when we’re feeling brave. However, Devon looks absolutely stunning in the winter months, especially on a crisp and sunny day. If you’re one of those adventurous types who loves winter walks, or if you’re just going a little stir crazy and have decided it’s time to venture out, we’ve got a list of the best winter walks in Devon just for you.
The coastlines are one of the best things about Devon, especially in stunning winter light. This is a beautiful and gentle coastal route which will allow you to observe wild flowers, natural landscapes and sea views. The route runs from Little Dartmouth car park along the coastal path and around to Compass Cove, a gorgeous and secluded bay. This walk is perfect for the history enthusiasts out there – the route finishes at the ruins of Gallants Bower, an ancient civil war fort.
If you’re in the mood to stretch your legs and take in some stunning sea views, the Woolacombe Beach and Warren walking route could be the one for you. This walk begins at Marine Drive and takes you through the sand dunes of Woolacombe Beach. Follow the South West Coast Path for a wonderful coastal stroll, before coming full circle to where you began. This walk is perfect for families looking to escape for some fresh air and dog-walkers searching for a beautiful walk in the winter months.
It may sound like a location in Game of Thrones, but it’s actually a castle in the countryside surrounding Exeter. Beginning at the impressive Castle Drogo, which is thought to be the last castle built in England, this route will then take you along the Hunters Path. The walk provides stunning views high over the River Teign. This route looks particularly breath-taking on a frosty day, but do make sure to take care if it’s icy. This is one of the most popular walks on Dartmoor and once you’ve done it, you’ll see why!
This dramatic South Devon walking route will take you from Salcombe along to Hope Cove, passing Bolt Head along the way. It follows the beautiful Salcombe Coastline, where you get to admire the stunning sea views. Walking past Bolt Head, you can gaze out at the jagged rocks and natural landscape that surrounds you. You will also journey past Starehole Bay, one of Salcombe’s finest beaches. This walk is perfect on a sunny winter’s day, where you can admire the brilliant blue sea from way up high.
Visit the National Trust website for maps and more specific details on walking routes in Devon.
About the author: Westcountry Resorts is a luxury holiday homes provider that specialises in helping people find homes in beautiful locations across Devon, Somerset, Dorset and Cornwall. From luxury lodges to static caravans, the team sell holiday homes that will bring customers years of unforgettable experiences in the stunning South West.