Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Winter Walks in the West Country

A bracing winter walk can be a highly satisfying way to explore the hidden treasures of the West Country, and there are plenty of welcoming fireplaces to warm your cockles afterwards.

We're blessed with many recommended routes and helpful resources to show us the way, such as the excellent South West Coast Path website, which features mapped-out guides to walks such as these two in North Devon - this short easy walk out to the tip of Baggy Point and back, or this 5km walk along the Torridge Tarka Trail.

Or if you're in SE Cornwall and feeling especially energetic, how about this 12km walk covering Looe, Talland & the Giant's Hedge. Or if that's a bit of a stretch, try this 5.5km walk from Cremyll Ferry to Kingsand & Cawsand.

There are also plenty of great walks to sample as part of the Ramblers' Festival of Winter Walks, with hundreds of free, group walks to choose from between 20 December to 4 January 2015. 

A great example is this one starting from Porthtowan at 11am on Boxing Day, a moderate 8.9km circular walk run by the Kernow Boots walking group.

If you don't want to be tied down to the specific time and date of a group walk, you can also find your own winter walk with Ramblers Routes – an online library of 2,000 walking routes.

Many of our staff are keen walkers, so if you would like to ask our advice on the best routes and the kind of walking gear you'll need, call us on 01647 433593.


Photo: Pilgrim Corner, Minehead (sleeps 8): http://bit.ly/1vKeEfM