Walks in Devon
Devon is one of England’s southernmost counties, and also one of the largest, covering 2591 sq.miles. Cornwall lies to the west, Dorset and Somerset to the east. The northern and southern coasts offer some of Britain’s most spectacular scenery, ranging from sandy beaches to rugged cliffs. The climate is also relatively mild, particularly during the summer when tourists flock to the coastal resorts. It’s not surprising that it is one of Britain’s most popular walking destinations.
At 613 miles, the South West Coast Path is the country’s longest National Trail. It starts at Minehead in Somerset, runs along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, and ends at Poole in Dorset. At 1,043ft (318m), Great Hangman on the north coast of Devon is the highest point along the trail. Keen hikers can descend from here into Combe Martin and follow the coast to Ilfracombe, where the beach provides a break from strenuous walking.
Heading inland, Dartmoor National Park stretches over 369 sq.miles. It’s advisable to carry a compass, map and weather-proof clothing if you venture across this expansive area. There are also restrictions on where you can roam; for example, the Ministry of Defence has firing ranges in the northern area.
To the north, Exmoor National Park stretches 267sq. miles (691sq. km.) over the borders of Somerset and Devon. Exmoor’s moorland stretches up to the northern coast, offering dramatic, cliff-top views and, depending on the season, the vivid sight of bell heather and western gorse.