Sea­sonal strolls

SI­MONE STANBROOK-BYRNE se­lects some Devon Life walks to en­joy over the Christ­mas hol­i­day. Grab the rel­e­vant map and off you go!

Devon Life - - Festive Walks Round-up -

BRADNINCH

Walk­ing with al­ti­tude on a high-climb­ing walk in Mid Devon. Quite a bit of lane walk­ing avoids win­ter mud.

From the town cen­tre walk out along West End Road then take the foot­path head­ing (ini­tially) north-west off West End Road. Fol­low the way­marked foot­path through Great Coombe and Case­berry to Yarde Down Lane. Head north up the lane for a mas­sive view when you reach the top: Dart­moor, Ex­moor and the sea are all vis­i­ble from here, along with many other land­marks.

Then fol­low the road gen­er­ally east to Bea­con Cross. Here turn north on the road as far as the foot­path go­ing south east and fol­low this path back into Bradninch.

BREN­DON

Pick a clear day for this fab­u­lous Ex­moor walk where you might see red deer and Ex­moor ponies as well as mag­nif­i­cent views.

From the vil­lage cen­tre cross the bridge and join the Co­leridge Way head­ing east. Stay with this, through Ash­ton Cleave, un­til you reach Malmsmead (en route you stray briefly into Som­er­set).

From Malmsmead fol­low the bri­dle­way through South­ern Wood to reach the road. The easy (and equally pleas­ing) op­tion is then to fol­low the road back to Bren­don but if you need ex­tra ex­er­tion take the bri­dle­way south-west up through the woods to­wards South­ern Ball. There are op­tions on bri­dle­ways to bring you back to re­join the road into Bren­don, from which it’s a nice am­ble back to the inn. Start point: Bren­don Vil­lage Hall car park (with hon­esty box) op­po­site Mill­slade House. Nearby post­code: EX35 6PS. Grid ref: SS765481 Map: OS Out­door Leisure 9, Ex­moor 1:25 000 Dis­tance: 5 miles/8km – can be length­ened

BUCK­LAND MONACHORUM

A beau­ti­ful, not too chal­leng­ing walk on the western fringes of Dart­moor – but it can be wet and muddy! From the church fol­low the foot­path head­ing north-east through farm­land. When you reach the moor­land near North Plan­ta­tion join the West Devon Way head­ing gen­er­ally north west and fol­low this all the way round to the point shown as Buck­tor on the map. From here fol­low the com­bi­na­tion of bri­dle­way-lane-bri­dle­way to re­turn to Buck­land Monachorum. Res­i­den­tial roads bring you back to the church.

AVETON GIF­FORD

A great walk for bird watch­ers – but it in­volves a tidal road so you must check the tide times on the web­site (aveton-gif­ford.co.uk/ lo­cal-info/weather-tides-surf) be­fore start­ing out and al­low enough time to cover the dis­tance so that you are fin­ish­ing the walk away from high tide. Ex­cit­ing!

Just to the west of the car park fol­low the net­work of foot­paths head­ing north to­wards Water­head Bridge, then join the Avon Es­tu­ary Walk to Were Down. Fol­low lanes through Fox­hole and on to Big­bury. Be­yond Big­bury Court take the foot­path south, then east past Doc­tor’s Wood and back down to the River Avon, en­joy­ing tremen­dous views. The tidal road brings you back into Aveton Gif­ford. Start point: Car park near round­about on edge of Aveton Gif­ford. Nearby post­code: TQ7 4JL. Grid ref: SX691472 Map: OS Ex­plorer OL20, South Devon, Brix­ham to New­ton Fer­rers 1:25 000 Dis­tance: al­most 4¼ miles/6.8km

Full de­tails of all walks avail­able on the Devon Life dig­i­tal ar­chive at devon­life.co.uk

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