Great walks in the South-West of England for little legs
The South-West of England may be best known for its beaches and you should definitely pack those buckets and spades, inflatables and wind breakers to make the most of the amazing sandy beaches. However, if you fancy getting away from the beach and experiencing some of the countryside we’ve compiled some of the best walks that even the littlest legs will enjoy.
Let’s start off with a fun interactive way for the whole family to explore this amazing region. Geocaching is where objects are hidden around an area and using GPS your challenge is to find them. It’s great fun for all ages.
In South Devon there are 25 hidden National Trail geocoins on the coastal path to be found. You’ll find them between Heybrook Bay and Yealm Estuary. The idea with this challenge is to find a coin and move it along the path towards Plymouth. When you’ve found a great place then your job is to hide it for someone else to find and it move along.
There are geocaching sites all over the UK. To find one that’s near you head to geocaching.com and download the app.
If you’re in North Devon, we would recommend you head over to Heddon’s Mouth. This easy 2-mile walk takes you through woodlands, riverside paths and down to a pebbly beach. No matter what time of year you happen to be here you’ll experience an amazing walk. Amongst ancient woodland you’ll find a stream, follow it and you’ll end up at a tiny, secluded pebble beach that you may be lucky enough to enjoy all to yourselves. Keep a look out for birds and small animals among the trees. You may also be lucky enough to spot some otters too.
This is a slightly longer circular walk at 5 miles but it’s easy to cut some sections out if it’s a little too far or hilly for some. What makes this walk great for kids is the free Donkey Sanctuary at Slade House Farm where you’ll find over 500 donkeys and mules. Even better is that it’s 100% dog-friendly so if your favourite canine companion is with you, they can enjoy the donkey’s too.
Botallack has been home to a mine since the Bronze age and over its lifetime it has produced 14,500 tonnes of tin, 20,000 tonnes of copper ore and 1,500 tonnes of refined arsenic. Its shafts go down to a depth of 570 meters and even stretch out half a mile under the sea. There is a nice and easy 1 mile walk around the mine starting in the village. Set in the coastal heathlands, you’ll pass through the historical and industrial mining sites set to the backdrop of the sea. Fresh air and a little bit of education is a perfect day out for all the family.
In the middle of Dartmoor National Park you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of a fairytale in the ancient and magical Wistman’s Wood. After an easy 1 mile walk from the Two Bridges Hotel you’ll find yourself in the heart of the forest where you’ll be among the twisted dwarf trees. The wood is only 3 hectares in size and there are no restrictions on where you can go once you’re inside. It feels so much like you’re in a fairytale that you’ll swear you’ve seen the 7 dwarfs roaming around.