With it’s diverse landscape North Devon has something to offer everyone, from it’s breath taking coastal scenery to its stunning country landscapes those wishing to enjoy a cold, crisp winter walk will be spoilt for choice from a gentle stroll with friends and family to something a little more challenging you are sure to find something to suit.
If you are looking for a short walk along the coast, in Woolacombe, why not enjoy a stroll along the Warrens towards the beach, this is a 1 ½ hour stroll starting from Marine Drive carpark, following the South West coastal path through the dunes, before reaching the 3 miles of golden sands that Woolacombe are so famous for. Perfect for families, and even better for their four legged friends!
A similar length walk is Wistlanpound Reservoir, a circular walk around the beautiful lake and surrounding woodland which takes about 90minutes, described as “perhaps the most accessible walk in North Devon” the walk is a haven for wildlife and great for birdwatching in the winter months. The paths are wheelchair and pushchair accessible allowing fantastic access to those who are less mobile. A pergoda goes right to the water’s edge and there are multiple educational boards and activity stations dotted along the trails, for more information go to their website:
For those wishing to tailor the length of their walks, the estuary walk from Barnstaple, stretches from two to eleven miles allowing you to choose the level of walk you want to enjoy. The majority of the walk is taken on level tarmac, the path looks across the taw estuary where you can take in wildfowl and wildbirds before stopping off at the Tarka Inn, for those who want to walk further you can continue to Braunton Burrows.
A popular way to enjoy the local countryside and coastal landscape is to follow the Tarka Trail, The 163 mile, figure of eight shaped route is a mix of footpaths, bridleways and cycleway allowing those following it to travel through landscapes little changed from those described by Henry Williamson in his classic 1927 novel Tarka the Otter.
It is an invigorating and sustainable way to explore some of our stunning coastline, through deeply incised river valleys with ancient tangled woodland to the productive farmland and moorland higher up the catchments. Some sections of the Trail are also part of the South West Coast Path, the Two Moors Way and the Dartmoor Way.
More information can be found at.: www.tarkatrailguide.co.uk