Thursday, 14 October 2010

Our top ten walks...

This week we've been feeling the urge to get outdoors and blow away the cobwebs with a bracing walk or two. We thought we'd share some of our favourite walks with you.

We like these because they're beautiful, easy and there are places along the route for refreshments or lunch.

1. Chagford to Steps Bridge via Castle Drogo – from our home town beside the river Teign down to Steps Bridge. Lunch and a drink at picturesque Fingle Bridge. A detour to Castle Drogo is worth the climb.

2. Galmpton to Kingswear to Dartmouth to Greenway – beside the Dart from Galmpton down to Kingswear. Ferry across to Dartmouth. Thereʼs an hourly ferry from Dartmouth to Dittisham and over the river to Greenway (Agatha Christie), then back along the river to Galmpton. Lots of interesting stopping/lunch points.

3. Doone Country – up Badgworthy Water to the Doone Valley beside the picturesque stream.

4. Taste of Dartmoor – from Two Bridges up the West Dart valley, past Wistmanʼs Wood to Higher White Tor, back for tea at the Two Bridges Hotel.

5. Noss Mayo and the Coastal Path – Lord Revelstoke's Drive – almost flat. Starting and ending in Noss Mayo (good pub), this walk takes in some of the coastal path – good views – and, in summer, the most beautiful yachting/boating scenes in Devon.

Let us know if you've tried any of these walks, and let us know your favourites too. We'll share five more of our favourites tomorrow!