Five New Year’s Day walks in North Devon to kick off 2018

Go for a bracing New Year's Day stroll.
Go for a bracing New Year's Day stroll.

If you fancy a New Year’s Day stroll, here’s our guide to some of the best walking spots to grab some fresh air on the first day of 2018.

It could be a wet and windy New Year's Day in North Devon. It could be a wet and windy New Year's Day in North Devon.

It looks set to be a blustery New Year’s Day in North Devon, but that shouldn’t stop you getting out for a breath of fresh air.

If you’re feeling brave enough to wrap up warm and get outside, we’ve put together some of the best walks to blow away the cobwebs.

Whether you fancy a woodland ramble or a bracing stroll along the South West Coast Path, here are a few ideas to inspire you, just make sure you bring the welly boots!

Westward Ho! beach

Westward Ho! Picture: Robin Gut Westward Ho! Picture: Robin Gut

There’s nothing like the sea air for a fresh start, so kick off 2018 with a walk along Westward Ho! beach.

Escape the crowds by strolling around Northam Burrows and out across the sandy swathes.

Or if you fancy a bit of community spirit, head down to the slipway for just before 11.20am to cheer on the brave swimmers in fancy dress.

Torridge Tarka Trail

The Tarka Trail along the River Torridge. The Tarka Trail along the River Torridge.

Amble alongside the River Torridge as you take in views across the estuary.

Parking at Instow, you can walk across the old station line, across the former platform, and out along the riverside on the Tarka Trail.

You can choose to take the route up to Bideford where you can grab a hot chocolate or a pint before heading back again.

Valley of the Rocks, Lynton

The Valley of the Rocks at Lynton. The Valley of the Rocks at Lynton.

If you want to catch the first sunrise of 2018, nowhere would provide more stunning views than the Valley of the Rocks.

On the edge of Exmoor at Lynton, walk along the coastpath and take in the dramatic vistas.

It’s a great spot to find somewhere to stop and admire the views while plannng your new year’s resolutions.

Hartland to Speke’s Mill Mouth

Taken on the Coast Path around the rugged coast line of Hartland North Devon. Picture: Lyn Fursdon Taken on the Coast Path around the rugged coast line of Hartland North Devon. Picture: Lyn Fursdon

Feel the power of the ocean as you stand on the clifftops at Hartand Point.

You can take a round-walk past St Nectan’s Church and out to Speke’s Mill Mouth where you’ll find waterfalls to discover.

It’s certainly a dramatic walk to take in some of the finest North Devon scenery.

Woolacombe to Putsborough

This picture was taken during a walk from Putsborough to Woolacombe. Picture: Sarah Delbridge This picture was taken during a walk from Putsborough to Woolacombe. Picture: Sarah Delbridge

Another beach favourite, park in Woolacombe and walk along the beach to discover Putsborough at the other end.

You can grab a hot drink and some lunch at either end before making your way back.

You’ll be able to watch the surfers as you go, and you could do the return trip along the South West Coast Path.

Got any great shots?

We’d love to see your photos from your winter walks - send them to us via our iwitness24 website and they could feature online and in the paper.

You might also like...

Four great festive North Devon walks


This may also interest you

Most Read

Latest from North Devon Gazette

Newsletter Sign Up

North Devon Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Enjoy the North Devon Gazette digital edition

Find planning applications in North Devon - planning finder