There’s nothing better than getting out into the fresh air and taking a brisk or leisurely walk.
You can join the South West Coast Path at our beach and walk eight miles towards Instow. This bit of the path has been designated as easy walking. This stretch features a good selection of plants to see and birds that inhabit the grassland and dunes of the Taw/Torridge Estuary. There’s a gentle stroll across Northam Burrows, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) when you leave Westward Ho!
You’ll be able to take in the delights of Appledore on route and, also, follow the track beds of the old railway along the Tarka Trail, passing the preserved former station railway station at East-the-Water. For more information visit https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/142/.
You can also walk from us to Clovelly but this a little longer (11.1 miles) and a more challenging route. It takes in an easier section following the old railway tracks above us before the path meanders and undulates. It covers many different terrain types including some wooded areas and other open cliff top bits. But its well-worth the effort, as Clovelly is a quaint seaside village and well worth an explore. So, if you’ve had enough of the walking you could drop down into the village to soak up the ambience and drink a well-earned cuppa.
If you’re after a more leisurely stroll, then a trip to the National Trust’s Arlington Court near Barnstaple, a short car ride from us, is more the thing to go for this autumn when you’re staying with us.
It’s Lake Walk, which has a few difficult bits but is just 1.8 miles long, includes the chance to stop off at the estate’s bird hide and heronry and to walk through an avenue of Monkey Puzzles.
The property also boasts a longer deer park walk, perfect for misty autumn mornings. It covers three miles and includes ancient woodland and wildlife areas both walks start
Outside Old Kitchen tea-room, grid ref: SS611405 and you can find out more here.
Going inland you could pop over to the National Trust’s Dunsland near Holsworthy. This ancient parkland is home to a variety of trees, including 700-year-old sweet chestnuts, the strangely-named No Parking Whitebeam and old fruit trees, such as the plum Landkey Yellow and the Devon Quarrendon apple.
Don’t forget to follow the Countryside Code when you’re out and about near us, you can view an online version here.