The best walks in North Devon for kicking leaves, blasting out the cobwebs and enjoying the autumn colours.
The temperatures have dropped and the lush green countryside is turning to fiery shades of red and orange – it must be autumn in North Devon.
While there are many spectacular summer walks in North Devon, some places really come into their own during autumn time.
Whether you’re after a chilly dip in the ocean or a chance to kick about piles of fallen leaves, here are seven of the best autumn walks in North Devon:
Watersmeet is one of the deepest river gorges in Britain, and is the perfect place for walking among the trees as the leaves fall. Explore inland or take the coastal path along the cliff tops – you can even walk to the nearby Lynton and Lynmouth. Enjoy a steaming mug of hot chocolate in the National Trust café too.
Arlington Court is a family estate on the edge of Exmoor, which has been held by the Chichester family for more than 500 years. As well as the Carriage Museum and impressive home, there are more than 20 miles of footpaths to explore. Walk by the lake, enjoy the Victorian garden or go wildlife spotting in the forest.
Crunching leaves and burning colours await you at RHS Garden Rosemoor near Torrington. As well as admiring the autumn colours and learning about the beautiful array of plants, you can take part in a number of autumnal activities, including making hedgehog homes, carving pumpkins and creating leaf mobiles – see their website for details.
The ancient woodland at Heddon Valley will allow you to walk alongside the River Heddon, kicking piles of crisp autumn leaves as you go. You’ll emerge where the sea meets the coastline, towering cliffs on either side of you. Explore the old lime kiln, spot wildlife in the woodland and come back for a warm drink in the Hunter’s Inn.
Hartand Point is perhaps the most dramatic of the South West Coast – and in autumn it really comes to life. Watch powerful waves batter the slate cliffs, and blow away the cobwebs as you walk the South West Coast Path. During the autumn season you might be lucky enough to spot some seals too.
With a network of trails and paths linking the different woodlands, Eggesford Forest is the perfect place to explore during autumn. There are car parks at Hilltown Wood and Heywood Wood, and a picnic area where you can enjoy a Thermos of steaming soup after your wander.
Halsdon Nature Reserve
This Devon Wildlife Trust reserve near Dolton provides the perfect place to see nature on a walk through oak woodland to the River Torridge and its surrounding water meadows.
If that’s not enough, there is a point along the walk known as ‘the top of the world’, with views across to distant Dartmoor. See devonwildlifetrust.org for more information.
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