May is National Walking Month and being the outdoorsy bunch we are, our team loves to sing the South West Coast Path’s praises at every chance we get!
Locals to Devon and Cornwall so within easy reach of some of the path’s best routes, we all have our favourite walks – a topic that is often debated between us during tea rounds.
We’ve now compiled a handful of our top picks for you to enjoy. Just in case you’re thinking of venturing to our corner of the world this summer and would like to discover somewhere new on our beautiful coastline.
“I love the North Devon coastline. It’s rugged and beautiful and the views are spectacular. It’s even home to the ‘Happiest View in Britain’ which just happens to be my favourite part of the South West Coast Path. There is a 45-minute walk from Hele, just outside Ilfracombe to Broadsands Beach, taking in Watermouth Cove on route. There is a view down to Watermouth Harbour as you reach the top of a steep incline that just takes my breath away each time I see it, and then when you see the view down to Broadsand Beach, you could be anywhere in the world! It’s my happy place!”
“This is an easy question; my favourite section of the South West Coast Path is the bit in between St Ives and Carbis Bay Beach. It’s the elevated views that win me over every time; you have such a fabulous view of St Ives, Carbis Bay and out to sea.
The sea air and the scenery is the best medicine – the coastal walk never fails to help me feel relaxed and take my mind of everything. It’s great physical exercise too, as the route back from Carbis Bay Beach is on the steeper side and can be a bit challenging; especially after an ice cream or two!”
“Easy choice – the bit around St Mary’s Bay in Brixham. There’s a lot of ups and downs in the path, it’s pretty steep. But at the top you are awarded with amazing views and it’s perfect dog walking territory. The beach at the bottom of the steps is so nice to swim in. The whole walk reminds me of my childhood as my mum and dad live at the bottom of the road that leads to the coastpath.“
“Growing up on the South Devon coast, I didn’t think you could beat the sections of the coast path that run between Exeter and Teignmouth; I have since been proven wrong!
Since moving to East Devon a few years ago, recent exploration has resulted in a new favourite. If you’re a fan of breathtaking views, challenging up-hills, glorious down-hills and ice cream stops, then I highly recommend the section of coast path between Ladram Bay and Budleigh Salterton. There is a great circular route that starts from Otterton.”
“St Ives to Zennor is an incredible walk. It can be quite difficult in places with some scrambling on hands and knees, but you go past seal island and normally see Seals in the water when on the walk. Ultimately, it’s 8 miles of stunning clifftop views.“
“Starting in Torquay harbour, this coastal path walk towards Babbacombe is an enjoyable mixture of winding paths, open greens and lots of steps! With stunning views across to Thatchers Rock, plenty of sea swimming spots and most importantly a chance to stop for a cold drink or an ice cream at the Meadfoot beach cafe, this 7 mile walk gives you a glimpse of the true beauty of the English Riviera.”
Of course, it wouldn’t be a celebration of the Coast Path, without mentioning the special anniversary edition of the South West Coast Path Passport. The South West Coast Path Association turns 50this year and we wanted to show our love for all 630-miles of the path by sponsoring their limited edition Passport. You can learn a bit more about the Passport and our partnership here.
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