It’s #NationalWalkingMonth and we are spoilt for choice for walks in mid-Devon. We’ve highlighted some of our favourites that our glampers can experience when staying with us.
On our doorstep…
Cadeleigh circular walk
For walkers who like a challenge with a few hill climbs a 5.5 mile round-trip to Cadeleigh is a must and wellies are a necessity! You will be rewarded with beautiful 360° scenery and an award-winning gastro pub, the Cadeleigh Arms, at the top. It’s open for lunch Saturday and Sunday and evening meals Wednesday-Saturday. Walking across Bickleigh Bridge and then the smaller Dart bridge takes you to the public footpath leading you through beautiful countryside, along the River Dart before trekking uphill through woodlands and farms with some fantastic views en route. On the homeward leg you may even be lucky enough to see deer across the valley.
A short car journey…
The remains of an Iron Age defended hilltop site are at Cadbury Castle, less than a 10 minute drive. A woodland path takes you to the top in about 20 minutes. The views are spectacular and you can see both Exmoor and Dartmoor. There are a few information boards providing some history of the site so you can learn a bit about the myth of the Cadbury Dragon protecting treasure. There are often sheep roaming too. If visiting on a Wednesday or Thursday afternoon Fursdon House is a great pit-stop for some tea and cake on the way back (open April – September 2pm-5pm).
Ellerhayes National Trust
Ellerhayes is about a 10 minute drive and is part of the National Trust Killerton Estate although parking is free. There are various woodland paths to explore so you can choose a short or longer walk. There are far-reaching views of the Devon rolling hills for some great scenic holiday pictures. We love seeing the long horn cows and various dens spotted throughout the woodland. If you’re in need of sustenance after a long walk there is the traditional village pub of The Lamb Inn, (lunch 12pm-2pm Tuesday-Sunday or dinner Tuesday-Saturday evenings) in the village of Silverton, or <5 minute drive will take you to the Ruby Red Café at Exe Valley Farm shop (open daily for breakfast, lunch and cakes).
There is also the other National Trust property of Knighthayes which have lovely countryside walks and not forgetting the vast National Parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor to explore. The Visit Mid-Devon website has lots of other walking and cycling routes, so the world literally is your oyster when it comes to walks in Devon!
Check out our previous article on local walks for even more inspiration! #happywalking.
#NationalWalkingMonth is a campaign by Living Streets whose mission is for a nation where walking is the natural choice for everyday local journeys. They aim to achieve better walking environments and inspire people to walk more.