Being situated on the border between Devon and Cornwall, I am fortunate enough to be able to visit some fantastic scenic and historical places on both sides of the border. There are so many beautiful areas around and so much to see, and so, now that I have some time on my hands, I have decided to take in some of these areas of scenic beauty, and where better to start than the coast.
The South West Coastal path stretches for over 600 miles and takes in some amazing locations, it really is up to you how far you travel at any one time. Although I have time to take on some of these walks, I usually have to get back too, so the walks are relatively short, but I am hoping to one day take on some much longer walks above the crashing tides of the Atlantic Ocean. Its rugged terrain also makes for ideal training for our broader goal of Mountain Hiking, so for myself, it is a great way to keep my fitness levels up whilst in between our Summit or Nothing excursions.
This is the first section of the Coast Path, taking us through woodland, along the 'rugged route' which weaves along the edge of Exmoor before walking beside the submarine forest of Porlocks marshlands.
This lengthy and somewhat arduous walk is a great one for anyone looking to work up a sweat, whilst also taking in some fantastic woodland and a terrific payoff in with a walk through the idyllic fishing village itself, and a climb up the famous cobbled streets.
.This walk was the first of my exploration of the South West Coastal Path, and a perfect example of the variety in beauty and history that the Coastal Path has to offer. Spoilt with early summer weather, this nice little return walk was a leisurely 6 miles long, and a great way to pass a spare three or four hours.
CRACKINGTON HAVEN CIRCULAR WALK
This 4-mile circular walk starts at Cornwall's Crackington Haven and then takes in a couple of miles of the South West Coast Path before dropping into a scenic little-wooded valley for a final riverside stroll.
This six-mile circular walk around the picturesque fishing village of Boscastle takes in the woodlands down in the riverside of the Valence valley before finishing up on the clifftops of the Atlantic Ocean.
My second outing, whilst was an abysmal failure in regards to being my first solo wild camp outing (I bottled it) was a smashing little walk along some more of the spectacular South West Coastal Path, and with some amazing history involved too, when I visited Tintagel – birthplace of the legendary King Arthur, but also taking in the picturesque little beach Bossiney Cove.
Out on a sunny bank holiday Monday, I decide to go for another Coast Walk, this time from Padstow to Treyarnon Bay. It wasn't until I approached the coast that I realised that the walk would be shrouded in an eerie mist. A splendid walk though with some fantastic little coves and beaches throughout
Joined by my friend Stan for this arduous but exceptionally stunning section of the South West Coast Path between the Fishing Town of Brixham to the quaint village of Kingswear, situated along the English Riviera.