Four great festive North Devon walks

Stroll the leafy byways of Torrington on New Year's Eve. Picture: ND Ramblers

Stroll the leafy byways of Torrington on New Year's Eve. Picture: ND Ramblers - Credit: Archant

The Ramblers Festival of Winter Walks is underway and North Devon Ramblers brings you four to try to work off the mince pies and Christmas pud

There are some rolling views on the path from Woody Bay to Hunters Inn. Picture: ND Ramblers

There are some rolling views on the path from Woody Bay to Hunters Inn. Picture: ND Ramblers - Credit: ND Ramblers

If you want to work off those turkey dinners and mince pies this Christmas then why not take part in the North Devon Ramblers winter walks.

The group, as part of the Ramblers Festival of Winter Walks 2017/18, which sees a number of walks take place across the UK between December 23 and January 7, have organised some for the Christmas period.

The walks have been chosen by the group to offer people the chance to explore some of the area’s lesser-known beauty spots.

Chairman of the group Joan Long said: “All walks are free and we would love to see some new faces.

Visit Meeth nature reserve on January 4.

Visit Meeth nature reserve on January 4. - Credit: Archant


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“Our friendly leaders have chosen a variety of locations and walk lengths to give first-timers and existing walkers a real taste of North Devon.”

The Festival of Winter Walks includes other strolls and rambles in the North Devon area – to see more go to www.ramblers.org.uk

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Short and sweet 28/12/17 – Braunton Caen car park, meet 10.30am.

Saunton Down seen from Braunton Great Field. Picture: ND Ramblers

Saunton Down seen from Braunton Great Field. Picture: ND Ramblers - Credit: Archant

This is a mostly level three mile walk that starts on the Tarka Trail and heads to the Great Field in Braunton and involves a series of country lanes and back alleys. A good chance to see parts of old Braunton, with free coffee and mince pies after.

Torrington 31/12/17 – South Street, pay and display car park, meet 10am.

This is an eight mile walk, encompassing the commons of Torrington to start your New Year’s Eve off with a bang and a stroll among the leafy lanes.

Petrockstowe Station 04/01/18 – Tarka Trail, 11am.

This walk takes in a much quieter section of the Tarka Trail, near to the Meeth clay workings. Also the possibility to see some ‘art in the landscape’ projects and to enjoy the Devon Wildlife Trust site of Meeth Quarry Nature Reserve with it’s lakes, grassland and woodland.

Woody Bay 07/01/18 – Lower car park, 11am.

A classic North Devon coastal walk. The rugged coast path from Woody Bay to Hunters Inn has wonderful views towards Wales. From Highveer Point one looks down on Heddon’s Mouth with it’s pebble beach and restored lime kiln. The return is an easy walk along the old road, now an attractive track, where the Ilfracombe to Minehead horse-drawn coaches ran in times past.

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