Devon’s coasts are beautiful whatever the weather, but now it is starting to get a bit warmer and a bit brighter, why not head to the coast and explore before the peak season arrives? At this time of year, many of the coastal areas are quieter, so you can really take your time and enjoy the scenery. It’s been hard, but we’ve selected five of our favourite coastal walks, is your favourite here? Let us know.
Torcross to Slapton Sands | South Devon
Slapton Sands is a hugely popular beach to visit and once you’ve been you’ll see why. This route which takes you between Torcross and Slapton Sands gives you the chance to explore not only the history of this region, there is a Sherman Tank located on the beach, and will also take you around Slapton Nature Reserve too.
There is parking and public toilets along the route as well as a host of eateries for refreshments and you can even bring your dog as there are dog friendly beaches on the route.
Braunton Burrows and Saunton Sands | North Devon
This is one of the most interesting places for a stroll, not only will you get to visit the largest sand dune system in the UK, but you’ll also get to see the country’s first UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and one of the best loved surfing beaches in the UK. There are several pathways and routes to be explored here, so the length of time you’re out and about will vary, so you can pick what best suits you. Just be sure to stick to the paths to avoid damage to the dunes and keep an eye out for signage as there are sometimes military operations taking place in the dunes. The route includes parking, public toilets and ramp access for those using mobility aids. Should you want to take a dip, there are lifeguards during the busier months and you can find eateries and other amenities along the seafront.
Hooken Cliffs | East Devon
This trail will take you around some of the Jurassic Coast, one of the most ecologically important places in Devon. You’ll find Hooken Cliffs near Beer in East Devon and the trail follows the coast and has some hilly sections but is perfect for birdwatching and those who want a challenge. Just be aware that there are few facilities along the route, so refreshments will need to be had in Beer itself, however the village does have a host of shops and eateries. The route is also difficult in places, so make sure to wear appropriate shoes.
Plymouth Sound | South Devon
The city of Plymouth in the south of Devon has some fascinating history, particularly around Royal Williams’ Yard and the Barbican. It’s where pilgrims set off for the New World aboard the Mayflower and where the likes of Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh took to the waves. There is a great route around Plymouth Sound which is ideal for those of you who like the idea of a coastal walk but want to combine your day with some city sights. The route will give you the chance to see the natural harbour and Smeaton’s Tower. As you’re in the city, you can be sure of plenty of places to stop for food and drink and of course, plenty of parking and public toilets.
Lynton to Woody Bay via Valley of Rocks | Exmoor
Valley of Rocks is one of the most picturesque places on Exmoor and is just outside the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth. It is easily found via the South West Coast Path which provides excellent views across the coastline and on a clear day, you can even see parts of Wales. Just be aware that there are feral goats that call Valley of Rocks home, so if you have a dog, make sure they are on a lead while taking on this part of the walk. From here, you can follow the route on to Woody Bay which is a wooded beach at the foot of the cliffs. There is a single road which will take you down to sea level, but it is quite rocky, so this one can be a little challenging.
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