Spanning 630 miles from Somerset to Dorset, the South West Coast Path is England's longest way marked footpath. This and North Devon's famous Tarka Trail make the region perfect for walking holidays.
All of our luxury holiday cottages are perfectly situated for walkers. Westward Living's private access to the path makes it all the more special! Passing over grassy cliff tops, secluded beaches and mysterious coves, the path's North Devon section is one of the most impressive. As well as offering guests an easy route to the golden sands of Westward Ho!, keen walkers can hit the path all the way to the ancient fishing village of Clovelly and beyond.
For a challenging but rewarding walk, take the route from Westward Ho! to Hartland Point. Or take a short drive to Hartland from Duckhaven Stud. On a sunny day, the rugged cliffs and breathtaking sea views make the perfect setting for an adventure! While in gloomy weather, the landscape looks all the more romantic and mysterious. Just don't forget your hiking boots or wellies! Look out for shipwrecks among the jagged rocks below, this stretch of coast has more wrecks per mile than anywhere else in Europe. Kids will love discovering the tales of smugglers and pirates at sea.
For those of you seeking an easier stroll but not wanting to miss out on the breathtaking views, try the walk over Abbotsham Cliffs. The section of the South West Coast Path by Duckhaven Stud is ideal for walkers of all ages and abilities. Set in a UNESCO Biosphere and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you're guaranteed views over one of North Devon's finest landscapes.
The region's famous Tarka Trail is another fine walking route! Spanning 30 miles across North Devon's countryside on old railway routes the trail passes through the charming village of Instow, the ancient town of Great Torrington and the famous Braunton Burrows. It's also the perfect place to explore the area by bike. Author Henry Williamson described the unspoiled countryside in his classic novel, 'Tarka The Otter', first published in 1927. Visit www.devon.gov.uk/tarkatrail for details on the trail.
We're not too far from the dramatic landscape of Exmoor and Dartmoor, both renowned for their magnificent walking routes. Mysterious and secluded, the moors have long inspired artists and writers. Don't forget your camera to snap some moody shots of the moors. If you need any extra information or maps, we have plenty of leaflets. Alternatively, check out www.westcountrywalks.co.uk.
Whether you're an avid rambler or a gentle stroller, you'll find a walk to suit you in North Devon. Pack a picnic and kick back to enjoy the great outdoors! If you'd like to walk with company, our family Labrador Raffles would love to join you. After a day of walking and discovery, unwind in your glorious luxury cottage.
The Southwest Coastal Path
The Southwest Coastal Path goes through the village of Westward Ho! and the famous Tarka Trail passes close by. If you are feeling active them why not cycle this trial with much of North Devon and Mid Devon encountered along the way.
The North Devon Coastal path runs through our property and can be accessed via the bottom of the gallops. The picturesque village of Clovelly is 11 miles to the west of Westward Ho! – There are regular buses for the return journey.
The coastal path next to Duckhaven Stud offers an opportunity for bird watchers to see elusive species such as the Dartford Warbler and the Peregrine Falcon and basking sharks and porpoises can often be seen from the cliffs.
From the village to Westward Living, the coastal walk follows the old railway track and is very safe for children, elderly walkers, pushchairs and wheelchairs, and as the coastal path progresses towards Clovelly, the path begins to wind and has a less smooth finish, making for a wonderful coastal ramble with great views of the cliffs near Heartland point.
Walk - Westward Ho! to Clovelly
START - Westward Ho! - EX39 1LQ
FINISH - Clovelly
LENGTH - 11.1 miles (17.9 km)
Follow the easy route along the old railway track up on to the cliffs above Westward Ho! The Coast Path then begins to zigzag and rollercoaster making for some strenuous walking. Woodland paths along the second half of the route contrast with the open cliff tops at the beginning of the day.
The path continues above the village of Clovelly, but if you have had enough walking, Clovelly is a truly beautiful and fascinating place to end the day. A historic fishing village with its links to smuggling and wrecking, it is here that Charles Kingsley found inspiration for his children’s classic The Water Babies and the village has featured in many T.V. programmes and films such as the 1990 version of the classic Treasure Island, starring Charlton Heston as Long John Silver and Oliver Reed as Captain Billy Bones.
Find more coastline walks on http://www.southwestcoastpath.com where you can explore over 630 miles of the coast path and stunning scenery.
The Southwest Coastal Path goes through the village of Westward Ho!. If you are feeling active then why not cycle this trail with much of North Devon and Mid Devon encountered along the way.
Find more coastline walks on www.southwestcoastpath.com where you can explore over 630 miles of the coast path and stunning scenery.
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