One of the UK’s most popular holiday hotspots, Devon is renowned for its stunning national parks, thriving moorlands and breathtaking coastline. But while many frequent this desirable destination for a memorable summer holiday, Devon is also the perfect place to enjoy during winter, especially for those who love to explore by foot. If you’re embarking on a glamping trip to the Devon coast or countryside during the chillier months, why not explore this picturesque region with these stunning winter walks?
Situated on the edge of the beautiful Exmoor National Park, Tarr Steps is a stunning location where you can revel in the beauty of the Devonian countryside, especially in the winter time when the weather is chilly but bright. Those wanting to explore this idyllic location and its surrounding villages can enjoy a circular walk that begins from the Tarr Steps car park and follows a combination of bridleways, paths and tranquil country roads for 8.2 miles. As well as encompassing panoramic views of the rolling Exmoor hills and its farmyard inhabitants, the route also leads through Hawkridge, one of the area’s many quaint little villages nestled between the hills. Once you have completed the walk, why not enjoy a warming beverage and a bite to eat back at the Tarr Farm Inn?
East Portlemouth and Gara Rock
For those enjoying a Devon glamping holiday in South Devon, this short but sweet walk around East Portlemouth is sure to be a hit. Venturing on to the South West Coast Path as well as grassy lanes and field footpaths, visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the 3.9-mile route, taking in the beautiful coast and countryside views as they go. As well as Salcombe Harbour, walkers will also pass the majestic ruins of Fort Charles, an ancient stronghold that is great for exploring. Additionally, those wishing to bring along their four-legged friends can take a detour on to several dog-friendly beaches that are dotted along the route.
Pew Tor and Windy Post Cross
To the west of the Dartmoor National Park lies Tavistock, a bustling market town and the starting place for several great walks. However, one of the simplest yet best in the area consists of a three-mile route that leads over some gorgeous moorland as well as two tors, an ancient cross that has stood on Dartmoor for centuries. Beginning from Pork Hill car park, walkers can amble along at their leisure, taking in the beautiful surroundings and stopping every now and again to spot an array of wildlife along the way including several different bird species that have made these hills their home for the winter. Venturing over bushy moorland, woodland paths and babbling brooks, there is a little stream-jumping required during this pretty little walk, but this just adds to the adventure! Be sure to wrap up before heading out though to ensure you don’t catch a chill.
Clovelly and Mouth Mill
Clovelly is one of the most picturesque spots in the whole of Devon, with gorgeous sloping streets and pretty little houses. Consequently, those wanting to explore this beautiful coastal village by foot will love this medium-length walk that leads on a circular route past Clovelly for 5.1 miles. Venturing across woodland trails, coastal paths and country lanes, walkers will be treated to a diverse range of scenery along this route, which passes through the Brownsham Moors and Culm Grasslands, two perfect spots to enjoy a hot beverage for those who have remembered to bring one with them! Further on, the opportunity to take a detour into the gorgeous village is available; take a moment to watch the resident donkeys saunter up the main street or gaze out to sea to spot the boats on the grey horizon. There’s no doubt that this stunning walk is definitely one you’ll remember!
Will you be embarking on any of these gorgeous winter walks during your glamping trip to Devon? If so, let us know via our social media channels as we’d love to hear how you got on. Alternatively, check out our blog to discover how to spend a weekend in Devon or the array coastal towns and villages you could visit during your stay!