Ahh the great outdoors, breathe the fresh sea or country air, take in the scenery, feel the breeze on your face and in your hair, and hear the bird song or gulls calling around you.
It’s wonderful getting away from the stresses and strains of everyday life to take a well-earned break. Research has also shown that having some time in the countryside whether walking, admiring the view or enjoying the wonder of it all, can be a brilliant way to relax.
The National Trust found a couple of years back that 23% of Brits walk less than five miles in a month, even though 64% wish they could get out more. So, pull on your walking boots and wellies, it’s time to get some fresh air. Here are four of our favourite locations in North Devon for some outdoorsy R&R and much, much more…
South West Coast Path
The South West Coast Path can be joined from any beach anywhere in the South West of England, including ours here at Westward Ho! The path, which takes in some superb coastline is 630 miles in total. This makes it the longest National Trail in the UK. The heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery along the way are truly inspirational. Here you can join the path with ease and do as little or as much of it as you wish during your stay. To find out more visit www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/.
Abbotsham Cliff beach and Kipling's Tor, Westward Ho!
The climb onto the Tor is worth the effort as it affords some wonderful views. From the Lookout you can see Saunton Sands beach, which has starred on album covers and in music videos. During WW2, more than 10,000 American GIs trained for the D-Day invasion on the Braunton Burrows dunes behind the beach, which are now a designated UNESCO biosphere. Kipling Tor was named after the Jungle Book author, Rudyard Kipling, who spent schooldays here in the 1870s. For more information on this walk, please click here.
The Tarka Trail
The Tarka Trail, named after Tarka the Otter, the book set in North Devon by Henry Williamson, is a popular choice for walkers of all abilities. This impressive trail has panoramic views taking in estuaries, which at sunset or low tide play host to many wetland birds, as well as expansive farmscapes. The trail is also cyclable and bike hire is available at Barnstaple and Torrington. More details are available here.
The National Trust and Exmoor
We’re also not far from some lovely National Trust walks and from Exmoor National Park. Find out more here.
There aren’t many holiday villages in Great Britain that can stimulate all the senses with what they have to offer. However, we feel our location does just that, as we are fully immersed in the coastal countryside and seascape that surrounds us.